Bradford Park Jefferson
Brad Jefferson was born on December 23, 1951 in Quantico, Virginia, to James M. Jefferson, Jr. and Phyllis (Frame) Jefferson. His lifelong quest for adventure began as a youngster in Japan then continued to Camp Pendleton, California where Brad developed a passion for surfing, snake hunting, golf, fishing, and an affinity for Porsches.
Brad moved to Grand Junction in 1971 and graduated from Mesa State College in 1976 with a B.A. in Biology. His early career included working on a BLM Helitack crew – he was the first on-site medic to serve western Colorado wildfire base camps. Brad worked at the St. Mary’s Hospital ER and was instrumental in the development of the Air Life program. He flew as a Paramedic on fixed wing and helicopter crews. He moved to Snowmass Village in the early ‘80s and worked as a Fireman and Paramedic for the Snowmass Village Fire Department. Brad then transitioned to a position as a police officer and eventually Sergeant with the Town of Snowmass Village. Brad saw his role as a police officer as an opportunity to help people – a reflection of his true nature. While in Snowmass Village, Brad met Karen, the love of his life.
Brad’s life and work were truly dedicated to serving and saving the lives of others. His long, accomplished career in public service provided support and mentorship to peers, inspiration and encouragement to co-workers, and the most cherished gift possible to the families of those whose lives he saved.
A gathering of friends to honor Brad is planned for Saturday, April 11th from 1 pm – 5 pm at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa, 2325 West Ridges Boulevard, Grand Junction, CO
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