Thank you to all you heroes from the fiery crash site on Red Mountain last month. I am the mother of the victim, Eric Petranek. I am stunned by how many people helped save Erics life and get him out of the canyon on that snowy night. I cannot thank them enough. Those first responders packaged Erics body perfectly for the trip back up the cliff and to the helicopter in Ouray.
Other heroes took over at St. Marys Hospital in Grand Junction. In their emergency room, an expert trauma team cleaned and dressed his grievous wounds. Eric talked with us through the whole treatment. He spent two more nights in the hospital then got back home as far as Montrose on Monday evening, where he met up with his two young boys. He spent two more nights before returning to Durango on Wednesday.
Eric is one tough dude. Hes another of this storys heroes. He survived. It is preposterous.
The biggest thanks of all in this tale goes to hero James Amrine, of Montrose, who put out the fire on Erics back and used a tree branch to help pull him far enough away from the flames to be further rescued. If this accident were to happen a million times, we could expect a million fatalities. How Eric ever survived is due to Amrines herculean efforts.
Such profusion of love and caring and help for our family from the community and beyond overflows my heart and chokes me with appreciation for everyones love for my son. Also, the road at the accident scene will be closed when his Jeep gets towed out. My apologies, ahead of time, for the inconvenience it causes travelers. I appreciate your graciousness.
Sue Petranek, Durango