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    Dad likely saved girl in deadly rock slide-5 in family killed

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read...slide_on_ea-ap

    BUENA VISTA, Colo. (AP) — A 13-year-old girl said her father shielded her as boulders crashed down on them on a Colorado hiking trail — an action that authorities say probably saved her life even as her father and four other family members were killed.

    Rescuers dug Gracie Johnson out of the rubble after Monday's slide, and she was airlifted to a Denver-area hospital with a broken leg, the Chaffee County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.

    "She told me at the last second when the boulders were coming down on top of them that he covered her up and protected her, which I believe it saved her life," said sheriff's Deputy Nick Tolsma.

    Gracie's parents and sister from nearby Buena Vista were killed, as were two of her cousins from Missouri........

    Monday's slide sent 100-ton boulders onto a popular viewing area that overlooks Agnes Vaille falls below 14,197-foot Mount Princeton in south-central Colorado. What triggered the massive slide wasn't immediately known, though Undersheriff John Spezze said the area had heavy summer rain and a recent snowfall. The slide left a gash the size of a football field in the mountainside, he said.

    More in 2p. article.....


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    "Rock slide survivor, 13, reveals how heroic father sacrificed himself to shield her from falling boulders before being killed along with 4 other family members "

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ew-killed.html

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    God bless her.

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    Thanks, Blondie...it's so good to know that after this tragedy, Gracie has the town and family to care for her and her brother.


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington



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