U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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Moment of Silence in Remembrance of Colorado Flood Victims

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Washington, September 25, 2013 | comments

Mr. Speaker, none of us ever want to be down here as Representatives and as a delegation talking about a disaster in our districts. But last week, Coloradans in an instant lost their homes and businesses, their hopes and dreams, and in some cases, tragically, their lives. Amid the despair and the disaster, people came together, helping dig one another out. Our sheriff's departments and the National Guard showed heroism, airlifting thousands of Coloradans to safety.

Today we mourn the tragic loss of life and the lives devastated by the floods. Among those confirmed dead: Evelyn Starner, a nurse and a mother of three; Gerry Boland, beloved grandfather, retired math teacher, and well-known basketball coach at the local high school in Lyons; Danny Davis, father of five, skilled carpenter and outdoorsman; James Bettner, Broncos fan and family man. Joseph Howlett operated Jamestown's Mercantile Cafe for 18 years, which I have been to, and was well known. Carroll "CT'' White loved stock racing cars and retired from the Coors plant in Golden. Wiyanna Nelson and Wesley Quinlan, 19-year-old sweethearts. Wesley, a graduate last year of Centaurus High School in Boulder, Colorado, who was swept away trying to save his girlfriend's life when their car got stuck. And Patty Goodwine who is still missing, and we pray for her return.

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