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Johnstown police officer drowns at Horsetooth Reservoir

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A Johnstown Police Department officer has been identified as the man who drowned in Horsetooth Reservoir on Monday.

Yuri Thomas, 32, was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities responded about 2:30 p.m. to a call that a man swimming near the South Bay beach went under the water and did not resurface. Divers found him about an hour later and pulled him from the water about 45 feet from the shore.

He was flown to a hospital but did not survive, the sheriff’s office said. Thomas’ wife was on the beach when she lost sight of him. She called 911 when he didn’t resurface.

The following statement appeared on the Johnstown Police Department’s facebook page.

It is with a heavy heart that we make the announcement that the Johnstown Police Department lost one of our officers in a tragic accident. There will be a story in the Thursday edition of the Johnstown Breeze. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Yuri Thomas and ask that anyone that wishes to show support please visit the Go Fund Me page that is set up to help his family in this difficult time.