Flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Springfield paramedic

The flag at the Baca County government building flies at half-staff in honor of Springfield EMS Director Rick Hartley. / Baca County Sheriff's Office
The flag at the Baca County government building flies at half-staff in honor of Springfield EMS Director Rick Hartley. / Baca County Sheriff's Office

SPRINGFIELD, Colo. — Flags around the state will fly at half-staff Thursday in honor of Springfield paramedic Rick Hartley, who died in a crash Friday night.

Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags on all public buildings statewide to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset.

Hartley, 63, died in a crash Friday. He was transporting a patient in the back of an ambulance when it hit a tractor. The ambulance driver and the patient both sustained minor injuries.

The governor’s office said Hartley founded the Springfield EMS Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the local ambulance service. He also served on the State Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services for the state of Colorado, and was a member of the Southeastern Colorado Regional Emergency Trauma Advisory Council.

He is survived by his wife, Pam, his son, Jered, and his two daughters, Brook and TeNeil.

A public funeral service will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Springfield High School.

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