Grand County Sheriff’s deputy killed in Tuesday morning traffic accident
February 9, 2015
A Grand County Sheriff's Deputy died Tuesday morning, Feb. 3, following a traffic accident on U.S. Hwy 34 near milepost 6 in Grand County.
The incident occurred at approximately 5:52 a.m. The deputy was off-duty at the time of the accident and in a personal vehicle.
The accident involved a maroon extended cab pickup and a Meadow Gold Dairy truck. It appears the larger truck slammed into the pickup's driver's side. The deputy was pronounced dead at 8:07 a.m. The deputy's name is being withheld pending notification of family.
On Tuesday Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin stated, "The Grand County Sheriff's Office, the local public safety network, and the Grand County community lost a dedicated law enforcement officer this morning."
EMS Chief Ray Jennings echoed his sentiments.
"These are hard calls to respond to, and even harder when you know the person,"Jennings said. "We are honored and proud of all who responded to this accident. All agencies who were involved in the care and response worked together in a fluid motion to give life a chance."
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The Colorado State Patrol is leading the traffic accident investigation and an autopsy has been scheduled by the County Coroner's office for Wednesday Feb. 4.
A memorial fund is being set up for the family and memorial service information will be issued at a later date.