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Saved Man Sues Rescuers

A man who was dramatically rescued in last September's Colorado floods sues his rescuers for $500,000 because they 'took too long to free him.'

Roy Ortiz from Broomfield was trapped in his vehicle for two hours after heavy rain washed his car off the road and into a creek. 

Ortiz says the crews took too long to respond, and he says the road should have been closed or at least marked. 

Ortiz says he suffered physical trauma, including hypothermia and muscle spasms.  He says he also suffered property damage and emotional distress. 

His medical bills total $40,000.  Ortiz, however, is seeking $500,000 in total damages. 

Now six months later, Ortiz has filed a notice of intent to sue his rescuers and other authorities. 

A spokesperson for the North Metro Fire Department says they were happy that they were able to rescue Ortiz. 

(sources:  The Denver Channel, KSHB, Denver Post)

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