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Patroller’s reward benefits nonprofit

Aspen Times Staff Report

“In my way of looking at it, I was getting paid by the company to do my job,” said Nick LaBarbera, a patrolman in the special Tuckbusters program at Aspen Mountain.

LaBarbera stopped a speeding skier about a month ago and asked to see his pass. At first the skier wouldn’t produce one, then he displayed what turned out to be someone else’s pass.

LaBarbera turned in the skier and the pass and received a $100 bonus, which the Skico gives to any employee who discovers fraudulent passes.

Instead of blowing the bucks on a round of drinks or some other fickle purchase, LaBarbera is forwarding the $100 he received to RESPONSE, a local nonprofit organization that counsels and provides shelter for women who are victims of domestic violence or abuse.

“They’re a worthwhile organization with a proven track record,” said LaBarbera. He said he picked that organization because he was active in setting up safehouses for women when he served on the City Council of Sedona, Ariz.

“The difficult part for me was there are so many good causes to donate to,” he said.

LaBarbera said he’s just doing what seemed right to him, he’s not necessarily trying to convince all Skico employees to turn bonuses over to nonprofits.


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