Jean Wolter: Kudos to Grand County Search and Rescue |

Jean Wolter: Kudos to Grand County Search and Rescue

To the Editor:

I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Grand County Search and Rescue. As a Grand County resident it is easy to overlook the dedication and determination our local search an rescue volunteers until you find yourself in need of their service.

It was a beautiful sunny day in mid-August when a freakish roll of my ankle resulted in a broken ankle on Devils Thumb Trail. I kept trying to convince myself and my friend Jeanne that I could walk on it and that we could hobble out of there. Luckily I had my cell phone and was in range. After a couple of tearful calls to my husband and several attempts to stand on the leg we decided to call Grand County Dispatch.

Search and Rescue evacuated me 2.5 miles down the trail in a wheeled litter. It was a very smooth ride considering the terrain we traveled over which included two river crossings and several steep rocky sections of the trail. Each and every volunteer that assisted on my rescue was upbeat and positive. They worked well together as a team.

Without them it would have taken us hours to get out of there. My accident happened around 2:30 p.m. and I was safely back at the trail head by 6:30 p.m.

That evening, Dave Batura, the incident commander on my rescue, stopped by Granby Medical Center to see how I was doing. He asked if I had a CoSar card or a fishing license. Unfortunately I had neither. Either would have enabled Search and Rescue to recoup the expense of my rescue.

In addition the CoSar card would have paid for an ambulance or helicopter evacuation if needed. Since I didn’t have a card I told Dave that I would make it my mission to make sure that everyone I know who recreates in the backcountry has a card. You can get them through Grand County Search and Rescue. If you Google “CoSar” you’ll find all that you need to know about them.

Thanks again to all the volunteers of Grand County Search and Rescue, especially those that came to my rescue that day. Also thank you to Grand County EMS and Sheriff’s department.

Jean Wolter

Winter Park

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