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A successful bike rodeo

Dear Editor:Many thanks, another year, to all the wonderful people who turned out for the 36th annual Aspen Police Department and Aspen School District Bike Safety Rodeo. On May 26, approximately 220 Aspen Elementary School children went through the bike safety check/repair, which was manned by Ned and Jan Cochran, with the help of Chief Loren Ryerson and CSO Rick Magnuson. Also, new bike helmets were given out to those in need of a new helmet by Janice Martin, the trauma coordinator with AVH, who was assisted by Ron Morehead, to fit rider to helmet.Members of APD supervised the many bike safety training stations, assisted by numerous community members who showed up to help. Too many to name here, but your time and knowledge is appreciated.Aspen volunteer fireman Orrin Moon skillfully taught fire safety and most every child got to put out a fire. Both Michael Martin and Steven Ramsey from the AVH ambulance crew were there for any emergencies, and talked to all the kids about what they do in an emergency and gave tours of one of the ambulances. RFTA provided a bus and driver, Sage Oliver, who explained bus etiquette and how to transport your bike on the bus. Last but certainly not least was John Zell, from Mountain Rescue, who zealously taught all 220 kids about ropes, and learning the ropes of hiking and safety in the backcountry and on the rivers. Also, what kind of job it is to rescue someone in trouble.Just three days later, John and others had the daunting task of a rescue/recovery at Maroon Bells. Many thanks to all our volunteers who risk their lives to save others, every day.This event has taken place teaching every young child the important necessities of how to ride safely as they learn to operate their bikes and how to ride safely in traffic. From the sale of various APD memorabilia – (found at the APD front office) APD logo caps, shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, coffee cups, etc.) – we are able to buy bikes for kids who are picked by their teachers. This year, new bikes went to Ana Laura Montoya, Sunday Abarca, Manuel Parada, Lizette Arballo and Gonzalo Flore. Congratulations!All the profits from the sale of the APD souvenirs goes to benefit children in need in the community and support the bike safety rodeo. Come on by, buy an APD cap and help a child. Everyone have a safe and wonderful summer. Thanks from all at APD.A special thanks goes to Walter Chi, the APD school resource officer, and Sandra Cruz in the AES front office, who helped oversee and organize the whole event.Brad OnsgardAspen Police Department SRO