Boulder County deputy rescues elderly woman from exploding home Saturday

Deputy Jeff George connected to elk shooting

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - A Boulder County deputy connected to the elk shooting rescued an 83-year-old woman from an exploding home Saturday night.

Dispatchers got reports of an explosion and a fire at 5479 Jay Road, just outside the City of Boulder, at about 11:30 p.m., said Sgt. Mike Linden with the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff George got there first, and found the home on fire, Linden said.

A neighbor told Deputy George an elderly woman lived alone in the home.  Deputy George forced entry into the home and found 83-year-old Marvyl Holder on the floor in her bedroom, Linden said. The neighbor, John Walpole, followed Deputy George into the house.

Deputy George, Walpole, and Boulder Police Officer Ed Burke helped carry Holder away from the home just moments before a second explosion, Linden said.

Fire personnel from Boulder Rural Fire, City of Boulder Fire, Rocky Mountain Fire, Lafayette Fire and Mountain View Fire helped put out the fire.

The explosion is under still being investigated, but authorities say it looks like a gas leak.

The home is considered to be a total loss.

Holder and George were both evaluated by paramedics and found to be suffering from only minor smoke inhalation, Linden said.

According to The Boulder Daily Camera, George is under investigation by the Boulder County Sheriff's Office for his role in helping remove the carcass of the elk that was shot and killed by a Boulder police officer on Mapleton Hill on New Year's Day.

Unlike the two Boulder officers who were involved -- and who have since been arrested and resigned -- George was not placed on suspension or charged criminally in that case, according to the Camera.

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