New Castle to honor two high school girls for quick thinking
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
NEW CASTLE, Colorado – And now for a bit of good news.
The New Castle Town Council on Oct. 16 will honor two high school girls who recently ran to the aid of an older resident in trouble.
Grace VanDevender and Kayla Warren will receive a proclamation from the town council “for their extraordinary good citizenship” on Sept. 4.
The two girls, according to Mayor Frank Breslin, were out shooting pictures for a school project when they saw Elaine Hill fall on the C Avenue Trail, which cuts through Mount Maderis, a hogback just north of the old part of town.
Breslin described Hill as “mature but fit,” and the trail as “amazing for it being right in town, because it seems quite remote. It’s very steep, and you have to watch out for mountain lion and bear up there.”
Hill was knocked unconscious by the fall, and the girls called 911 and ran over to her, staying by her side until rescue crews arrived.
“It was a lucky thing for her,” Breslin said of Hill, who was not badly hurt but who may have suffered “a far more serious outcome” had the girls not been nearby.
The proclamation honoring the two girls will be formally entered into the town records.
In other action, the council will get an update on activities at the River Center, and on the status of the Garfield School District Re-2’s efforts to deal with budget shortfalls, among other items.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, and the public is welcome.
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UPDATE 5:27 p.m. — Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions Saturday evening after a safety closure due to a flash flood warning. There were no reported mud/debris slides.