Shupe seriously injured in fall |

Shupe seriously injured in fall

New Castle resident Charles “Chuck” Shupe isn’t having the most relaxing of retirements.

This weekend, Shupe was airlifted to Denver Health Hospital after fracturing his pelvis. As of Monday, Shupe was still at the hospital, and his wife, Annette, was with him in Denver.

Shupe retired at the end of this school year from his post as principal of New Castle’s Riverside School, just after having quadruple bypass heart surgery.

Family friend Heather Knighton of New Castle said Monday she couldn’t confirm Shupe’s injuries but understood that the broken pelvis might have occurred when Shupe was riding one of his horses.

“This is a pretty tough retirement for Chuck,” said Knighton. She said Shupe has “many loyal fans,” including school staff and students.

Theresa Hamilton, director of districtwide services for Garfield County School District Re-2, said she didn’t have much information about Shupe’s status, but said as of Monday afternoon, he was listed in serious condition.

Calls to Denver Health Hospital regarding Shupe’s condition were not returned as of press time.

Students, parents, staff and friends who would like to send get well cards to Chuck Shupe may send them to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, attention Michele Wurtsmith, 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

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