Touched by professionalism
Dear Editor:On behalf of Willy Worley, words cannot adequately convey our family’s deep gratitude for the time and effort so many people and organizations have expended searching for my husband and JJ’s dad, Willy Worley. Each searcher exhibited individual strength, wilderness knowledge, and professionalism … as well as empathy. We are humbled by the dedication and experienced service of the many rescue volunteers and friends fighting the terrain for our family. While we would have tried, we could never have hiked so many steep arduous trails ourselves. So thanks to Jesse Steindler, who coordinated the entire effort and all the Pitkin County sheriffs, including Bob Braudis and Joe DiSalvo. This intensive and broad search was made possible because of Aspen Mountain Rescue; Garfield County Search & Rescue and their Rescue Dogs of Colorado; Basalt, Carbondale & Redstone Fire Departments; Colorado Army National Guard, HAATS personnel and their helicopter, DBS helicopter out of Rifle, Randy Melton and Avalanche Outfitters, and many family friends. Thanks also to our good neighbors in Redstone and Carbondale for the abundant food that was donated that supplied the needed sustenance to the searchers. I would like to thank each of you personally for the miles you have put on your feet as well as the painful blisters, scratches, gashes, insects bites, sore muscles, and pure exhaustion that each of you has experienced for the benefit of another human being. It is your selflessness and kindness that have kept my daughter and me above the fear that threatens our hearts. To know that truly good people inhabit this valley and the earth helps to soothe our sorrow. Annie & JJ Worley & the entire Worley familyCarbondale
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