An incredible effort
While no one ever wants to make that 911 call that your friends or family have not returned from a wilderness adventure, it is comforting to know firsthand that Aspen supports a Mountain Rescue team second to none.
We recently had to make such a call when our daughter Noelle and son-in-law Drew Larson failed to return from the Goodwin-Greene Hut in a driving snow storm. I promptly received a return call from David Swersky, the rescue team coordinator, who proceeded to mobilize a ground search by snowmobiles and air search first thing in the morning.
David could not have been more concerned or attentive had his own daughter been missing. Snowmobile rescuers Dave Brown, Judy Anthes, John Gavilon and Liz Bergdahl fought through huge snow drifts and an unstable high country snow pack to finally reach our children after they had been expertly spotted from the air by pilot Bruce Gordon and air spotter Skip Behrhorst.
Noelle and Drew later reported how thrilled they were to see the search plane skimming the tree tops at 11,000 feet exclaiming, “that plane is for us!”
We would also like to thank the community and Crossroads Church for their outpouring of support and prayers. In particular, we would like to thank Stoney Davis who with his wife took off in their snow cat at midnight in the blizzard and personally conducted a search of Richmond Ridge into the wee hours of the night.
Connie and I are so appreciative of the prompt, professional and caring rescue so expertly organized by David Swersky and Mountain Rescue.
We would like to publicly thank Hugh Zuker and the entire Mountain Rescue organization for the incredible service they render to our mountain community.
Brent and Connie Waldron
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