I am honored to know some AMAZING individuals and Scott Turner, the candidate for District Attorney for Colorado's 5th Judicial District, is one of them.
As you read the following, keep in mind that Mr. Turner insists all credit and thanks to go to the First Responders. Those who know Scott will tell you that this is just who he is; the very core of his being. When Scott gave me the original note to post on his Facebook page, I happily did: http://www.facebook.com/notes/scott-turner-for-district-attorney/thank-you-first-responders/364099123664550
However, I learned that there was more that took place during the events of that evening. It took a few days, but I was FINALLY given permission to share the full story. Go to the link & "like." "Share" Scott's page with all your friends in Clear Creek, Summit, Eagle, & Lake Counties. http://www.facebook.com/notes/scott-turner-for-district-attorney/the-rest-of-the-story-to-thank-you-first-responders/365000896907706
Scott Turner's full account ...
Tuesday, July 31
"I had a rare opportunity this evening to see the first responders of our community in action when I came upon an accident in Clear Creek County and I want to share with you the my observations of our fine citizens and what I learned from this experience.
I was returning home from the Clear Creek District Attorney’s office in Georgetown, and was near the Eisenhower tunnel when I noticed a car that had hit the back of a semi tractor trailer. The car was still moving and the driver was obviously incapacitated. I stopped my car, then chased down the car involved in the accident to stop it. I dialed 911 and waited with the unconscious driver, working with other people who had arrived on scene to make sure she was as stable as she could be until help arrived. Much to my relief, help arrived quickly and in mass. As I watched law enforcement, paramedics and the fire department arrive on scene I was struck by how often I see reports as a prosecutor detailing this arrival, but I don’t always realize the sacrifice, skill and composure the first responders in our communities bring to a situation like this.
Within minutes, while I tried to help keep the victim from moving too much from her trapped position in the car, the fire department had set up heavy extrication equipment and began cutting the car to get the victim out safely. Paramedics immediately saw the need for quick transport of the victim to the hospital and had a Flight For Life helicopter come land directly on scene. Law enforcement helped ensure everyone was safe and able to focus on the task at hand, and, within minutes as more and more first responders arrived I continued to move back to let the men and women who do this everyday do what they do best. I watched, holding the broken windshield up and away, as the patient was successfully removed from the crushed car and quickly transported.
What I left with was a realization that the men and women who serve our communities in law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire may be often recognized in times of tragedy or great loss, but it is the other times, the times when everything goes well, that they are often overlooked. We have many laws in place to protect and support our first responders because we recognize the great sacrifices and personal danger they place themselves in every day for the benefit of our community.
I want to take this moment to thank our first responders everywhere, but especially in the 5th Judicial District, I also want to commend the volunteers of these agencies who spend their weekends, holidays & time off working, training and serving."