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Routt County Search and Rescue President Russ Sanford and his wife, Trenia, listen to Craig Horlacher share his survival story Saturday at the rescue barn. Horlacher survived after spending five nights in August with a broken leg in a North Routt County creek.

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Man who survived 5 nights in wilderness thanks Routt Search and Rescue

It was a simple toast, and it came from a tall, white-haired man with rosy cheeks who raised his plastic cup to a room full of people who helped save his life four months ago. Across the room at the Routt County Search and Rescue barn on Yampa Street, 20 team members and their families raised their glasses to Craig Horlacher at the heart of a remarkable story of survival.

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