Officer credited for saving a life

By Hank Lohmeyer

Cedaredge Police Sergeant Roy Spiker is being credited with sharp observation skills, quick action, and determined follow-up that may have helped to save a local man's life.

Police Chief Dan Sanders recounted the incident for the town trustees during their regular monthly meeting on Jan. 21.

According to Sanders' account, Spiker had responded to a fender-bender mishap on south Grand Mesa Drive. People at the scene thought that a man involved was a possible DUI. At the scene the emergency responders took a closer look.

The man's behavior was assessed as a physical ailment and medical attention was advised. The man disagreed, saying he only wanted to go home, lie down, and rest.

Spiker, undeterred, took initiative to contact the man's family by phone and convinced them to persuade the man into accepting medical attention.

Later, at the hospital, Sanders said, doctors found blood clots in the man's lungs. Sanders said the doctors told him that without the medical attention the man would have likely died a short time later.