“They saved my dad’s life.” McCaffrey brothers among group to aid fallen hiker

Dan Smoker is convinced he would have had to plan a funeral for his father.

That is, if not for the courageous efforts of a group of hikers that included members of Colorado’s first football family.

Max, Christian and Dylan McCaffrey, the three oldest football-playing sons of former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, and former Valor Christian standout Michael Mann were among a group of hikers Saturday who came to the aid of 72-year-old Dan Smoker Sr., who fell from the top of Castle Rock while hiking with his grandson, Eli.

“Looking back on this whole picture, I’m very confident that this group of folks saved my dad’s life,” Smoker said. “We’re indebted to all of those folks.”

Smoker was with his wife in San Diego on Saturday, a trip celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary, when he received a phone call from his son, 13-year-old Eli. The panic in his son’s voice was a clear signal to Smoker that the injuries his father — and Eli’s grandfather — had just suffered in a fall hundreds of miles away, on the top of Castle Rock, were serious.

“He heard what sounded like a foot slip, and then grandpa fell,” Smoker said, reliving one of the most difficult phone calls of his life.

Then, Smoker called Eli on FaceTime. The picture his son showed him through the cellphone

Article source: https://www.denverpost.com/2018/03/06/mccaffrey-brothers-assist-injured-hiker/

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