Letter: Grateful for the selfless responders near Ruedi
Last week my wife and I were visiting your beautiful state when we were flagged down by a gentleman above the Ruedi Reservoir alerting us that help was needed. There was a car perched precariously off the road, held up by just willow brush preventing the car from a several hundred foot drop. We rushed to the car to find doors and window locked and the driver unresponsive. Soon after, an American Furniture delivery truck came down the road and assisted. Together, we used furniture straps to secure the vehicle from sliding off the road. It was very cold, raining hard, and sleeting. Shortly thereafter, an Eagle County Deputy arrived on scene, assessed the situation, broke the car window and with assistance removed the driver from the vehicle. Immediately he applied his AED and began CPR. I want the community to know that this officer never once took his own safety or care into concern as he entered the vehicle, which was perched at a 45 degree angle down hill.
He was not dressed for the inclement weather and denied offers of blankets and jackets while he worked through the rain and snow to try to save this man’s life. We all hear too much about isolated incidents that negatively reflect on our men and women in blue. I felt you needed to hear about this officer’s heroic efforts on this gray, cold morning. I also wanted the family to know that your loved one was given the best treatment available and was surrounded by love, care, and compassion as he passed on. In addition, we were treated with incredible respect and compassion by the Deputy, the Basalt Fire and Rescue team, and the State Patrol for our involvement in the attempts to assist this gentleman in his hour of need. From the local man in the blue and white Mini Cooper who flagged us down, to the gentleman in the red pick up truck who made several frantic stops to call for help, to the American Furniture delivery crew, to the Deputy from Eagle County, to the Basalt Fire and Rescue, and the State Patrol, Thank you for trying to make a difference in one man’s life. At the same time, you positively impacted ours. Many unrelated people put the interests of a man in need ahead of their own interests, all coordinated by the young man in blue. Western Colorado, you deserve to be proud!
Kevin and Brenda Purtell
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