Boulder County Sheriff's Office honors flood response

  • Source: Longmont Times-Call
  • Published: 11/11/2013 09:14 PM

The first sergeant who led Colorado National Guard troops into Lyons, radio operators who helped mountain towns communicate during the September flood, and churches that provided shelter and money during the floods were among honorees at Saturday's annual Boulder County Sheriff's Office awards. The sheriff's office holds the yearly gathering to present awards to staff, community members and organizations for distinguished work in the prior 12 months. Response to the historic floods in September gave the office plenty of fodder for the awards. Colorado National Guard First Sergeant Jon Crowe led the first of many vehicles into Lyons on Sept. 13 to begin evacuations of the mountain town after flood waters reached 6 to 8 feet deep, according to the sheriff's office. The route established became an evacuation and supply route. Boulder County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, or BCARES, was honored for communications work into isolated mountain areas that allowed for coordination of helicopter rescues, medical response and supplies and information during the flooding. Flatirons Community Church members were honored for raising $60,000 in one weekend. The funds were used to purchase five six-person utility vehicles, or UTVs, which were given to the sheriff's office and four fire districts for flood rescue operations.


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