Rescued in a storm
July 8, 2011
I would like to thank everyone who participated in my rescue when a tree fell on me on the Knight Ridge Trail above Lake Granby on June 30.
My friend Polly was amazing. She was able to get my boots off so that I could get out from under the tree. Then leaning on her we were able to get to an open area away from all the swaying dead trees. She then went for help – running 2 miles in 20 minutes. Thank you, my friend!
And then all the help began to arrive. Two guys camping at the campground came first to stay with me until the emergency crews arrived. They were Tim (moved to Evergreen 3 years ago from Georgia) and Jim (a disabled vet from Denver who had lived in Steamboat). I never had a chance to thank them before they returned to their campsites.
I cannot even begin to thank all the professionals and volunteers who showed up for the rescue effort. I think the following agencies were involved in the rescue – Grand County Emergency Medical Team, Search and Rescue, Granby Fire Department and the US Forest Service. They all did such an outstanding job. I was very impressed with the way they coordinated and communicated with each other in the middle of quite adverse circumstances and weather conditions. I cannot remember or never knew all their names. But thanks so much to Mark (my protector from start to finish!), Kymmie, John, Zig, Greg, the list goes on and on……
If I have neglected to mention any other agency that was part of my rescue I apologize.
Thanks also to all the personnel at Granby Medical (Gail, Dr. Stuerman and many more) for figuring out all my ailments and getting me started on the road to recovery.
And then , of course, a special thanks to my husband Jon for patiently waiting at Granby Medical for my arrival – and now for having to perform so many tasks for me.
And thanks to all my many friends who have called and given great encouragement and even cooked us meals.
As we all know, Grand County is an awesome place with awesome people. I feel very, very lucky to just be here but also to have such special people help someone in need.