Locals recognized for jumping into action after car accident
July 11, 2005
Two local citizens, one of them just 13 years old, were recognized Monday for their quick work in helping a motorist severely injured when his car rolled down a hillside in Woody Creek last month.Deborah Hutchinson, who has been a paramedic for 18 years, and Nathan Mohrman jumped to help Steve Olson, 50, when his Jeep SUV plunged off Highway 82 and rolled down a steep embankment on June 8.The Jeep came to rest in Hutchinson’s back yard, with Olson wedged between interior parts of the car and having difficulty breathing.
Mohrman, a neighbor who saw the accident, ran to help as Hutchinson began to administer first aid to Olson.Hutchinson, who had just returned home from grocery shopping, normally would have been taking advantage of the nice weather by going for a bike ride or walking her dogs at that time of day.Mohrman, who was out riding his bike, saw the car rolling down the embankment and ran inside to tell his mother, “Call 9-1-1!” before rushing to Hutchinson’s house to offer help.
“I don’t think I could have actually taken care of that gentleman” without Mohrman’s assistance, Hutchinson said. She said Mohrman provided invaluable help by holding the car’s back seat off her and the victim, allowing her to administer first aid; he also took off his shirt to be used to staunch the blood flowing from Olson’s wounds.The accident occurred at about 7:30 p.m., in the Twining Flats neighborhood just below where Wood Road intersects the highway. Olson was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital and later airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, where he initially was listed in critical condition.But Hutchinson on Monday told her audience at the hospital board meeting, “He’s actually back in Glenwood Springs today.”Hutchinson received a gift certificate to Explore Booksellers in Aspen.
Mohrman was given an Aspen Ambulance T-shirt (to replace the one he handed to Hutchinson), a certificate that noted his “exemplary performance under pressure,” and a crisp $100 bill.John Colson’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org