Not to get into a mash-up with commentator "mozicodo," I am a Colorado native who now lives in California, where swiftwater and flood rescue are taken seriously. California has one of the most proactive, local, regional, and statewide swiftwater rescue capabilities nationwide. Lives that are lost routinely elsewhere in incidents that are compounded by the lack of this vital, technical rescue capability, are more often than not saved here in California - and in Colorado Springs as well, thanks to visionary rescue personnel and agency leaders, who understand the need for preparedness, including public safety eduction and swiftwater/flood rescue.
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While I appreciate the attempt by this author to write a clever article, flooding remains the leading cause of weather-related death nationwide, killing several hundred people annually.
Children are at tremendous risk when there is flash flooding, in part because fast flowing floodwater is so mesmerizing. The life a child risks by getting too close to an arroyo or flood control channel, or slipping into a flood-swollen river or stream, may not just be his or her own. A third of all deaths in swift water are would-be rescuers, including my fiance, Earl Higgins, who rescued a child who was swept down the flood-swollen Los Angeles River, but lost his own life in the process. Earl's body was not recovered until nine months after he disappeared downstream, so there are complex issues well beyond what is "obvious" to this author.
With three young great nephews and one great niece living in Colorado Springs, I, for one, am very grateful for the city's efforts to educate and inform and the fire department's dedicated swiftwater rescue personnel.
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