Grand County EMS vehicle rolls on Red Dirt Hill
September 21, 2012
A Grand County paramedic suffered injuries when the response vehicle he was driving rolled two-and-a-half times.
Grand County Emergency Medical Services Capt. Brian Schimpf underwent surgery for his injuries sustained during the one-car accident, which occurred at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 7, and is expected to make a full recovery over time, according to statements Grand County EMS released last Thursday, Sept. 13.
Schimpf, who joined Grand County EMS earlier this year, was returning from a structure fire that took place that night at Beaver Village. He was traveling westbound on Red Dirt Hill, a stretch of Highway 40 considered to be “one of the more dangerous and accident-prone areas in the county,” according to EMS.
After the accident occurred, Schimpf was able to locate a radio and request assistance.
“Grand County EMS was touched with a hard and difficult situation when receiving a call from dispatch that one of our captains was involved in an accident,” said Chief Ray Jennings of Grand County EMS. “We are honored and proud of all who responded to the call.”
Colorado State Patrol was the agency that handled the accident. A state trooper declined to comment on the accident because he said it is still considered “an open investigation.”
As with any medical treatment, expenses will be incurred by Schimpf during his recovery until he is able to return to work.
A donations fund has been set up by Grand County EMS for Schimpf at gofundme.com/captschimpf.