Indian Peaks Fire Department firefighter dies during rescue at Brainard Lake Recreation Area

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - A firefighter died during a rescue in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Nederland Fire Department, Indian Peaks Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, Flight for Life, the U.S. Forrest Service, and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office were called to the Blue Lake Trailhead around noon on Wednesday to help an injured hiker. 

Rescuers found the hiker, Katherine Powell, about 2.5 miles up the trailhead near Blue Lake. Officials said she had a broken ankle and other injuries.

"Due to the rough terrain rescuers requested a Flight for Life helicopter for transport," the Boulder County Sheriff's Office said.

Powell was moved to a remote landing zone and flown to Good Samaritan Hospital.

After the rescue, crews were hiking out when a firefighter with the Indian Peaks Fire Department collapsed about one mile from the trailhead, officials said.

Deputies said other rescuers immediately started CPR, but the firefighter was unresponsive and died.

The Indian Peaks Fire Department is asking that the man's identity not be released yet as they are still contacting family members and members of their department.

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