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Colorado firefighter killed after falling five-stories while battling condo fire

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Sam Tabachnik
The Denver Post

A Summit County firefighter died early Saturday after falling from a five-story condominium while fighting a fire at Copper Mountain.

Ken Jones, 46, had climbed to the roof in search of access to the fire just before 2 a.m., Summit Fire and EMS said in a news release.

Jones, a 20-year veteran of the fire department, was known for his “quiet demeanor and can-do attitude,” Summit Fire & EMS Chief Jeff Berino said in a statement. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

“He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. He was a firefighter’s firefighter,” Berino said in the statement. “He’s been a valued member of our family for many years.”

Jones was a “phenomenal individual” with a steady presence, deputy chief Travis Davis told reporters at a news conference Saturday. “He will be greatly missed,” Davis said.



It’s the first death in the department’s history.

“No matter how many times you make these kind of notifications, you’re just never quite equipped to do it when it’s one of your own,” Davis said.

The cause of the fall, as well as the fire, will be investigated by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms — typical procedure for the death of a firefighter in the line of duty, Summit Fire said.

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