Letter: Craig, Thank you to Grand County emergency responders
August 23, 2016
Thank you to GC emergency responders
I'd like to publicly thank some of the emergency responders in our community. Recently the C Lazy U Ranch required their assistance in a Search and Rescue operation regarding one of our ranch guests. I am pleased to report that the event was resolved successfully and the incident gave me the opportunity to work side by side with these dedicated individuals. My first phone call was to Lt. Dan Mayer of the Sheriff's department. I'd worked with him previously and knew I could count on his expertise and discretion. In a busy environment with guests and horses he knew how to begin an operation without causing undue alarm to guests and ensured emergency vehicles moved about without frightening horses. His manner with family members and personnel was considerate and compassionate. I was honored that Sheriff Brett Schroetlin spent just about the entire day on scene. His presence sent a message that this was a priority event and his calm demeanor installed confidence and reassurance in others. Flight for Life of Colorado pilot and crew that day were Loren (Pilot), Peter (Flight Nurse), and Britton (Flight Paramedic). These individuals gave us more time than we expected and I had numerous conversations with them that demonstrated they had a sincere desire to find this lost young man and were trying every approach they could think of to achieve success. Search and Rescue personnel and their leadership team were an invaluable resource. Chris Ziegler was the Incident Commander and Paul Robertson was the Field Commander. They were highly organized and efficient and maintained a positive approach that was quickly adopted by others. Their tireless volunteers hiked, bush-wacked, crossed rivers and streams and led teams of search dogs eagerly and cheerfully. Finally, I must recognize my own team of ranch employees who came to work without being asked, and quickly volunteered to participate in search teams on foot, boat, motorcycle and horseback. I was truly honored by their sense of responsibility and caring.This community is blessed with amazing emergency services and volunteer personnel. Their dedication and commitment is something of which Grand County should be very proud.
General Manager, C Lazy U