Published On: Sun, Mar 16th, 2014

Colorado man, Roy Ortiz, sues first responders to save him for $500K,

A Colorado man may be lucky to be alive, but he’s suing the first responders who saved him, says he’s “looking for some help with my bills.”

photo supplied Austin Gaines

photo supplied Austin Gaines

Roy Ortiz was rescued by first responders when his vehicle was submerged in raging floodwater and he notes he’s lucky to be alive. His vehicle plunged into a creek in Broomfield County after hitting a portion of washed out road near the intersection of U.S. 287 and Dillon Road in Lafayette.

Now Ortiz has filed his intent to sue the county of Boulder and his rescuers for $500,000 as a “preservative” measure. Ortiz’s attorney Ed Ferszt said the county of Boulder should have closed the road when it was flooded back in September.

“Well, I’m happy. I’m really happy to be alive,” Ortiz told 7Denver News. “But I’m looking for some help with my bills.”

“Of course he was thankful because those divers did have a major role to play in saving his life that day,” said Ferszt. “That doesn’t negate the fact that a mistake may have been made. I can understand why there’s a lot of furor over people thinking that he’s biting the hand that feeds. Does that mean that officers of North Metro Fire are above reproach?”

Ferszt says this is just the first step. He said they are also in the process of filing claims with the insurance companies of the two drivers who hit the wash out after Ortiz, pushing his vehicle further into danger.

Ortiz claims he has $40,000 in medical bills and needs help paying for them.


On the DISPATCH: Headlines  Local  Opinion

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter

* indicates required

About the Author

- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

Displaying 3 Comments
Have Your Say
  1. Joe Aiello says:

    He needs help with his bills so those that risked their lives to save him should pay those bills? No mention of the adverse affect on these heros the illegal comes first. He should he deported immediately and permanently. If this results even in a settlement a flood of suits of the kind will follow. It must be stopped NOW!

  2. Stephanie W says:

    He’s an illegal alien, he has no rights! He has medical bills but he’s illegal which means no SSN. He’s not concerned about paying his medical bills because he can get away with it like all the other illegal aliens that live here now. And these first responders put their own lives on the line to save his ungrateful arse. I say send his butt back to whatever third world hole he came from

  3. Mike B. says:

    How convenient that you left out the fact that he is an illegal alien. A reporter reports ALL the facts, not just the ones they deem politically correct.

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>



The Global Dispatch Facebook page- click here

Movie News Facebook page - click here

Television News Facebook page - click here

Weird News Facebook page - click here