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Colorado deputies help rescue 22 people and 3 dogs stranded in snowstorm

 Photo courtesy Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Photo courtesy Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. (KKTV)
Published: Dec. 3, 2019 at 6:01 PM MST
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When a fellow Colorado county needed help, Jefferson County deputies answered the call on Saturday.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is reporting Park County needed assistance with stranded motorists this past weekend along Highway 285. Specifically between Kenosha Pass and Fairplay, where dozens of people were stranded due to the weather conditions.

Deputies Fulenwider and Crumbaker took on 285 with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Snowcat. They helped rescue 22 people, including two small children and three dogs. The deputies worked 16 hours on the rescue mission.

"We’re so thankful we could help these citizens as well as our neighbors in Park County," the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office wrote on Instagram.

You can watch video of the rescue operation below:

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As most of us saw, the week’s snowstorm left many inches of snow and ice across our roadways and the mountains were no different. So when several motorists got stranded on U.S. 285 between Kenosha Pass and Fairplay, Park County asked if the JCSO could assist with our Snowcat. You can see some of the conditions in this video from Deputies Fulenwider and Crumbaker who responded inside the Snowcat. Because it was a nighttime operation on Saturday, we put a few pictures of the Snowcat itself into the footage. Overall, the deputies rescued 22 people and three dogs. Of the 22 people, two were small children (about 6 years old), one of which was sick. They were all dropped off with the Fairplay Fire Department near Red Hill Pass, which was a 2-hour round trip for each group. All of the 22 citizens and three dogs that were rescued arrived safely and uninjured. In total, it was about a 16-hour mission. You can see photos of the vehicle at the beginning and end of this video and some of the blowing snow, abandoned vehicles and covered roads starting around minute 3:30. We’re so thankful we could help these citizens as well as our neighbors in Park County. Have a great week, JeffCo. We’ll be here if you need us . . . . . #jeffco #denver #snow #dogoodingreen #helpingothers #sheriff #deputy #sheriffsdeputy #deputysheriff #patrol #officeviews #videooftheday

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