Grand County turns out in force to help Kremmling motorcycle accident victims
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, CO Colorado
KREMMLING – Grand County residents have pulled together in recent weeks to provide support for the families of two Kremmling boys who were seriously injured in a dirt bike accident April 20. West Grand 8th grader Colton Bodemann and high school junior Kele Bock were transported to Denver by helicopter after being involved in a head-on dirt bike collision North of Kremmling near Muddy Creek.
Kele, the son of Kremmling town Trustee Jason Bock and his wife Annette and grandson of county coroner Brenda Bock, is back home with his family, recovering from broken ribs, bruises and injured knees, according to his grandmother.
Colton, the son of Shane and Kim Bodemann, who own Renegade Off Road and Towing in Kremmling, was still in intensive care at Children’s Hospital in Denver this week but was making improvements, according updates posted by friends and his mother on a Facebook group: “Praying for Colton Bodemann and Kele Bock.”
According to Grand County Sheriff Ron Johnson, the boys were riding with two separate groups of kids off Skyline Drive on the afternoon of April 20. Kele and Colton were down by Muddy Creek, headed around a blind, sloped curve in opposite directions in tall sagebrush when they met and collided head on.
The quick thinking and fast responses of the other kids out riding with them that day are commendable, the sheriff said.
The boys immediately sent two people to call 911 while 14-year-old Torrance Flanigan, who had just taken a CPR class, began performing CPR on Colton, who was not breathing on his own, according to the sheriff’s report. (He began breathing again after several compressions and breaths, according to the report.)
“It was good thinking and good actions on those kids’ part to not only get help but to do something while help was coming,” Johnson said.
“They all acted responsibly. They did exactly what they were supposed to do, and they really need to be commended,” Brenda Bock added.
On Tuesday, May 4, only two weeks after the accident, the community threw a benefit spaghetti dinner and silent auction to raise money to help the families of the boys. More than 700 people attended the benefit, raising close to $6,000.
The line went out the door of West Grand High School and wrapped around the building, Brenda Bock said.
“People waited over an hour outside in the wind, and nobody complained,” she said. “Once they got inside, they waited another half hour to get up to the food … and nobody complained. Once you got up there to the food, there were 20-25 people helping, even kids were serving. There was so much food, I can’t imagine how they had that much.”
Brenda said a lump rose in her throat every time she looked around the room at all the people who had come out to support her grandson and Colton.
“You live in a small town, and you know that. But, it was just overwhelming to see that many people rally together for the two kids … It made you feel so proud to be from here. The goodness of the people in this community is just incredible. We are blessed. “
The silent auction at the benefit dinner included baby-sitting time donated by the kids, items made by students in shop class, dirt bike gear donated by a local business and a week-long timeshare at Hacienda Encantada Resort and Spa in Cabo.
In addition, friends will be raffling off a 1984 4×4 lifted Chevy truck with a rebuilt 350 motor donated by CarQuest in Granby. Tickets cost $20, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Bock and Bodemann families.
And, while the Bodemann family is still spending almost every day and night in Denver with Colton, Renegade is fully staffed and opened for business, said family friend Leslie Roller of Kremmling.
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