This is one deal that fits like a glove |

This is one deal that fits like a glove

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

If Aron Ralston wears a size 9 glove, there’s an amputee in Utah ready to make him a handy offer.

Eric Froerer of Layton, Utah, lost his left hand in a farming accident 16 years ago. Left-handed gloves have been piling up at his house ever since then.

When Ralston’s exploits made the news, Froerer’s wife noted the Aspenite had lost his right hand and gave her husband a nudge.

Ralston cut off his right arm below the elbow to free himself after he was pinned for nearly six days by a boulder in a remote Utah canyon. He’s going to accumulate right-handed gloves, and Froerer could be Ralston’s right-hand man.

“You buy a pair of gloves, you know, you can’t buy just one,” Froerer said. “I have all these left-hand gloves around. I’ve been looking for a long time for somebody to give them to.

“I’d be glad to give him all my left-hand gloves and maybe he could give me his right-hand gloves. Maybe we can do a swap.”

He estimates he has 15 to 20 gloves he can’t use, including leather work gloves and some ski gloves.

These days, Froerer, 39, works as a firefighter/paramedic. He has a prosthetic forearm below his left elbow, with a hook where his left hand used to be.

He e-mailed The Aspen Times for advice on how to contact Ralston. The Times will be happy to help the two men connect.

Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is

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