There will forever be only one Maggie Long — at least for the hundreds of people who attended the late Platte Canyon student’s memorial service Sunday afternoon. Gathering at Platte Canyon High School in the gymnasium and the Canyon Room, they came in droves — some in person, some in spirit, all clothed in laughter, tears and memories of a girl so many recalled for her benevolence and exuberance for life.
“Maggie was passionate about everything,” said Connie Long, one of Long’s older sisters. “She had a fierce love for community-involvement and student organizations. Many times we would remind Maggie — with sisterly love — that she couldn’t do it all. Nevertheless, she tried.”
Long recalled her younger sister baking “hundreds of cookies for her classmates,” helping friends with math homework, and frequently putting off schoolwork in order to devote time to softball practice, Key Club projects and student council events.
...on her birthday, Maggie planned to make PB&J sandwiches for the homeless. That’s what she wanted to do and that was Maggie.”
So we had between 25 and 30 young adults helping make sandwiches and/or handing them out, 138 sandwiches were made and handed out along with bottled water. All in memory of Maggie who had planned to do this on 12/17 which would have been her 18th Birthday.
Dozens of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were handed out to the homeless in honor of a teen from Bailey who never got the chance to.
"It astounds me that she would give away the day that's supposed to be dedicated to her and share it with others and then dedicating it to people less fortunate than her, which...that's Maggie in a nutshell," classmate Wyatt Morris said. "Today we're just trying to be more like Maggie."
Using audio recordings of radio transmissions to the fire districts, records of the radio traffic to the Park County Sheriff’s Office and an interview with the manager of Derrick Thai restaurant, which belongs to the Long family, The Flume has managed to tie together a time line of events that happened that evening.
Radio transmissions are only good for getting a general overview of what happened at a scene. Conversations happen between personel on the ground, cell phones are sometimes used to communicate and the Sheriff’s Office has one encrypted radio channel that cannot be monitored.
Dec. 1, 2017, time line
About 7:01 p.m. that evening, Fairplay dispatch sent a call out to deputies in district five (Kenosha Pass to the Park County border in Pine Junction)...
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