City of Arvada employee in ICU after lawnmower accident

Incident occurred on July 22 at Jack B. Tomlinson Park

Staff Report
Posted 7/23/21

A City of Arvada employee was injured and is in critical condition after a ride-on lawn mower the employee was operating tipped over into Birdland Lake at Jack B. Tomlinson Park on July 22. The employee remains in the ICU and is stable as of the afternoon of July 23.

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City of Arvada employee in ICU after lawnmower accident

Incident occurred on July 22 at Jack B. Tomlinson Park

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A City of Arvada employee was injured and is in critical condition after a ride-on lawn mower the employee was operating tipped over into Birdland Lake at Jack B. Tomlinson Park on July 22. The employee remains in the ICU and is stable as of the afternoon of July 23.

On July 23 the City confirmed that the employee is Joe Herrin, a parks maintenance worker that has been employed by the City since May 2018. Herrin’s family has set up a GoFundMe to cover his medical expenses.

Arvada Communications Manager Ben Irwin shared the news on the City’s social media channels and said he wanted to update the community on the incident.

“We just wanted the community to know that the incident happened yesterday at Jack B. Tomlinson Park,” said Irwin. “The name of our colleague is Joe Herrin; he’s a parks maintenance worker, he was admitted to an ICU and is currently in critical condition. Our focus right now is on supporting Joe and his family as well as caring for our team.”

Irwin continued to say that the City had launched a review of the incident and will continue to share updates as they become available.

“When something like this happens,” said Irwin, “we do a full review to evaluate, learn and make sure it doesn’t happen again. That process is just beginning. We will share additional information as we do so, but also navigating supporting Joe’s family. We are committed to sharing updates as we can do that.”

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