Tragedy revisited

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Brandy Muñoz and Paul Rinker release balloons Tuesday at the site in Garfield County where Chris Gaskill, Munoz’s brother, died in a helicopter crash with two other men while they were inspecting power lines on Jan. 28, 2014


Lessons sought from helicopter crash near lines

SILT — At 11:18 a.m. Tuesday in a ravine south of Silt, Brandy Muñoz stood at the spot where, to the minute a year ago, three men died in a helicopter crash. She then released a clutch of balloons.
The balloons bore the names of her brother, Chris Gaskill, and of the two other crash victims, Larry Shaffer of Rifle and pilot Doug Sheffer. A fourth declared, “I Love You.”

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