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Larimer County Department of Natural Resources has memorialized the life and ultimate sacrifice of Ranger Brendan Unitt with a cast bronze Ranger hat and memorial plaque. The memorial was dedicated by Larimer County staff and Ranger Unitt's family on Wednesday, March 10. The memorial is located on a granite boulder nestled under the flagpole at Horsetooth Area Information Center (HAIC), 4200 W. CR 38E, Fort Collins.

Representing the unwavering service of park rangers everywhere, the Ranger hat is a meaningful symbol of the passion, dedication, and ultimate sacrifice Ranger Brendan Unitt gave in service to our community.

Brendan began to serve as a Larimer County Natural Resources Boat Ranger at Horsetooth Reservoir in 2020 and committed himself wholeheartedly to providing safety assistance and emergency response to park visitors. Without hesitation, he selflessly responded to an emergency call for help from two distressed swimmers on Horsetooth Reservoir during a severe storm event on August 20, 2020 when he risked and lost his life to save another. He was 27 years old.

“We will never forget Brendan for his energetic passion for life, desire to serve others, and his contagious positive attitude. His selfless dedication to others is what it means to be a Ranger,” said Mark Caughlan, Horsetooth District Manager. “This memorial represents Brendan’s spirit of service to others, and he will now be among us in perpetuity.”

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Park ranger memorial
Published on: 
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 10:56am
Contact Details:

Mark Caughlan
Horsetooth District Manager
Larimer County Natural Resources
(970) 498-5600

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