The City of Arvada mourns the tragic loss of a colleague who has passed away following injuries sustained during an accident.
On Thursday, July 22, Joe Herrin, a dedicated member of the City of Arvada’s Parks Maintenance team, was involved in a serious accident at Jack B. Tomlinson Park (51st Avenue and Garrison Street) when the mower he was operating overturned into Birdland Lake, pinning him under water.
The Arvada Fire Protection District (AFPD) and the Arvada Police Department responded to the accident, and were able to extricate Mr. Herrin from the water. AFPD provided advanced life support and transported Mr. Herrin with lights and sirens to Lutheran Medical Center where he was admitted to the intensive care unit.
On Wednesday, July 28, Mr. Herrin passed away as a result of his injuries.
To honor Mr. Herrin's character as a generous and selfless individual, Joe's family made sure his wishes as an organ donor were carried out: Joe's kidneys, heart valves, tissue and corneas were matched with individuals whose lives will change and even be saved as a result of his dedication to serve others.
"These have been painful and sad times for the City of Arvada, our team members and citizens,” said Arvada Mayor Marc Williams. “We are further saddened by the death of Joe Herrin, who was a valued member of our City team. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife and family, and his teammates and friends."
The City remains committed to the safety and well being of our team and providing a safe space for people to work. The City has initiated a process to learn from the accident and help ensure it does not happen again. The Arvada Police Department is conducting an accident investigation to determine what occurred during the accident, as is normal procedure. Once the accident investigation is completed, the City will begin an internal workplace safety assessment to identify steps to improve workplace safety and prevent similar accidents in the future.
Consistent with Colorado's workers compensation system, the City of Arvada will compensate Mr. Herrin’s family with medical and lost-wage benefits. The City has also provided victim advocates and other mental health support to Mr. Herrin’s family and members of the City team who have experienced trauma as a result of this tragedy. Friends of the Herrin family have also launched a GoFundMe site to help Mr. Herrin’s family during this difficult time.
Mr. Herrin was a dedicated public servant, joining the Parks Maintenance division in May 2018. Members of the City team appreciate the support and patience of the Arvada Community and public safety and healthcare partners during an extraordinarily challenging time.
Update: The Olde Town water tower will be illuminated in green in memory of Mr. Herrin.
- by City Manager