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Publish Date: 9/25/2005

Firefighter’s funeral announced; investigation continues


LONGMONT — Firefighter Jeffrey Gold’s funeral is at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at LifeBridge Christian Church with visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Howe Mortuary.

Meanwhile, the Colorado State Patrol’s investigation into the Mountain View Fire Protection District firefighter’s recent motorcycle-related death continues.

According to a statement issued by fire district spokesman Jesse Hodgson, Gold’s best friend and fellow firefighter Mike Stratton — who suffered serious injuries during the Wednesday afternoon motorcycle crash on Interstate 25 near Loveland — helped him until emergency personnel arrived.

Stratton, 34, called 911 to request a medical helicopter and tried to control Gold’s bleeding as the pair waited for help, Hodgson said.

“That, in my opinion, is the true definition of a friend and firefighter,” he continued. “His heroics are phenomenal and have far surpassed anyone’s expectations of what a person is capable of.”

He added that Stratton is in fair condition and under observation at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins.

The accident occurred when Gold — traveling south on I-25 side by side with Stratton — slowed for traffic ahead around 5 p.m., according to reports.

Greeley resident Trent Nichols, 23, drove his F250 Ford pickup truck into the back of Gold’s motorcycle, causing both men to crash and ejecting Nichols’ unseatbelted passenger.

Gold, 34, a resident of Johnstown, served as an acting lieutenant at Fire Station No. 7 in Dacono.

He is survived by his wife, Stefanie; a daughter, Michaela, 5; and a son, Brendan, 4.

On Friday, Gov. Bill Owens ordered flags flown at half-staff at local fire stations.

A tribute to Gold is posted at www.mountainviewfire.org.

Pam Mellskog can be reached at 303-684-5224, or by e-mail at pmellskog@times-call.com.

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