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A big thank you

Dear Editor:

We wish to commend two public servants who attended to their jobs with great aplomb. Although they might have thought that they were going about ‘business as usual’, we felt very differently.

On Sunday night as we were heading back from Aspen to Snowmass, due to the violent snowstorm, we were unable to follow the road on Highway 82. We wound up in a ditch unable to get out. We called 911 and in LESS than two minutes the Aspen Police Department arrived. Peace Officer Rick Magnuson jumped into the back seat of our van and and immediatel reassured us that everything was going to be fine. His soothing words:” Stay warm, you’re safe and we will try to get your car out of the snow bank” were very comforting. Shortly thereafter Jim Hearn from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office arrived. Equally as kind and considerate, Deputy Sheriff Hearn attempted to extricate our van, but was unable to do so. He then accompanied us into his car, gave us a ride back to Snowmass and delivered us home warm, dry and unharmed.

Our harrowing experience which could have proven to be dangerous was executed professionally, quickly, safely, and kindly.

Kudos to these two gentlemen, Peace Officer No. 119, Rick Magnuson of the Aspen Police Department and Deputy Sheriff, Badge No. 72, Jim Hearn for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. We are very grateful to you.

Linda and Norm Matthew

Snowmass Village


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