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Family and friends of missing rafter want to pass law

Family and friends of missing rafter...

Canon City, Colo. - Ever since Eric Ashby disappeared near Canon City at the end of June, support has poured out for the Colorado Springs man.
 
"Our feeling in this community is, we're not trying to look backward, we're trying to move forward with the memory of Eric to save future lives in the state of Colorado," said Eric's friend Dave Gambrell.
  
Gambrell has led searches and helped push information out. Now, he's an advocate for "Eric's Law."
  
A petition has been started for a duty-to-report law inspired by Ashby's disappearance. It would require any witness to a situation where a life is danger to call 911 when they can.

"If we see an individual in distress, or being attacked, a business being robbed, then it is our civic responsibility to call the proper authorities," Gambrell said.

A body was found in the Arkansas River downstream from where Ashby disappeared, but the Fremont County coroner has not identified the person yet.
 
"No one is looking for any other persons," said Fremont County Sheriff Jim Beicker.
  
Gambrell is just hoping to provide closure to Ashby's family.

"The four individuals that were with Eric that day are going to live with the decision, or lack of decision that they made that day," Gambrell said.

There is a similar petition and law proposal being worked on by friends and family in Florida.

If you want to sign the petition to support the law, visit this website.
 


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