The Memorial Hospital, partners grill up some fun at Sunday barbecue |

The Memorial Hospital, partners grill up some fun at Sunday barbecue

Children at the third annual community barbecue sponsored by The Memorial Hospital's Emergency Medical Services department prepare to release balloons in honor of fallen emergency responders, including paramedics, police and firefighters. Multiple agencies from Moffat County attended the barbecue, as did about 250 residents.
Andy Bockelman

It’s not every day you see a fox and a dinosaur lead a group of people in the Chicken Dance, but this weekend was a special kind of day.

The Memorial Hospital’s third annual community barbecue took place Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park, bustling with food and fun activities for families.

Tracey Gunn, a TMH paramedic and the coordinator for the event, said the turnout was great, with about 250 people showing up throughout the day, ready to mingle with first responders from multiple agencies, including Craig Police Department and Craig Fire/Rescue.

“We’ve got a lot of support here,” she said.

The younger ones in attendance were able to hop in an inflatable bounce house and also meet some special guests: gun safety spokesbird Eddie Eagle, 911 mascot Redy Fox and Terry the Traumasaurus, a newly created character representing the folks who handle emergency medical services.

A fire truck complete with cherry-picker and a Classic Lifeguard helicopter were also on hand for the crowds to see.

Julia Chavez, 11, said she particularly enjoyed seeing the instrument panel within the chopper even if she wasn’t able to take a ride in it.

“I liked all the buttons, and it had a really cool GPS in it,” she said.

Her other favorite part of the day: a heaping helping of cotton candy.

Things slowed down a bit for a moment of remembrance when Gunn asked children to each take a helium balloon and release them all at once in honor of any and all fallen emergency responders, reading “The EMS Prayer” on behalf of the departed.

KC Hume, operations chief for Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, manned the sound system with the day’s music.

“I think it’s absolutely wonderful we have an opportunity to gather as emergency service professionals and invite the public out and engage with them and share with the community,” he said. “Lots of good friends, good food, good times.”

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or

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