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A third hero in Basalt rescue

Aspen Times Staff Report
Basalt, CO Colorado

BASALT, Colorado ” An article in Wednesday’s Aspen Times about the Basalt firefighters who rescued two men who had fallen through the ice in a half-frozen pond left out a third rescuer: Chris Morrow.

“He was a hero,” wrote Basalt Fire Department Deputy Chief Jerry Peetz.

Morrow, who lives near the pond, was the first person on the scene during the Nov. 24 rescue. He said he was wondering why a firetruck was driving down the road, when he turned around and saw a man in his pond and another man about to fall in. He quickly jumped on his four-wheeler and drove down to the pond.

And when Morrow and the firefighters found them selves unable to pull the men out with their own strength, Morrow’s quick thinking ” and his four-wheeler ” helped save the day. The firefighters tied a rope to his bumper, and Morrow drove the vehicle, bringing the men close to shore.

After helping lift one man out of the water, Morrow then drove down to the highway and flagged down the additional emergency personnel to show them the way to the pond.

And finally, Morrow picked up the clothes that belonged to the man who was taken to the hospital and took them to his house to wash them.

Thanks to Jacqui Reilly for alerting the Times to this oversight.

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