Longmont City Council recognizes Brighton resident for work during 2013 St. Vrain floods

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By Ben Wiebesiek

LONGMONT — A Brighton resident was recognized by the Longmont City Council Jan. 7 for her work coordinating a local emergency response to flooding in the city and the surrounding communities.


Debra Darnofall, Longmont’s Risk Manager, was one of three nation-wide finalists selected by Safety National for the Community All Stars Award.

As part of the award, Darnofall selected the Longmont Community Foundation – St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund to receive a $10,000 donation from Safety National in her honor.

In a press release, Darnofall’s work managing the Boulder County Disaster Recovery Center was highlighted.

“Her work continued following the worst of the flooding to activate and manage the Boulder County Disaster Recovery Center to provide a central location for flood victims of Longmont and neighboring counties,” the release stated. “The Center was a hub of important entities for victims, housing organizations like the Red Cross, FEMA, Public Health, insurance agencies, and the State of Colorado. Thousands who were left homeless or stranded by the flood were given the opportunity to receive immediate assistance with housing, food, clothing and support through the Center.”

Additionally, Darnofall’s has been working diligently the past few months overseeing the city’s own claims for damage with its insurance carrier.

“During the three weeks following Colorado’s 1,000-year flood event, it was an honor and truly transforming experience to be part of the tremendous community team effort that provided immediate needs support to the citizens of the City of Longmont, the Town of Lyons and surrounding communities,” Darnofall said during the award ceremony. “I am so grateful to Safety National for their recognition; the $10,000 award donation is going to the Longmont Community Foundation where it will be designated to provide much needed financial assistance to flood survivors who have lost their homes here in Longmont.” 

Matt Shaff, business development manager with Safety National, praised Darnofall’s commitment to helping people affected by the flood.

“Debra displayed great heroism in the face of adversity during the weeks and months following the Longmont flooding. Her spirit and dedication to the city and residents of Longmont never faltered,” said Shaff. “Safety National is honored to recognize Debra for all of her hard work and efforts this fall.”

Safety National’s Community All Stars Awards recognizes men and women who exhibit heroic qualities working in roles such as first responders, educators and healthcare personnel. In addition to serving their community every day on the job, many of these individuals go above and beyond the call of duty to help others on their own time. 

National finalists were chosen for each category of education, healthcare and community. Each finalist must have exemplified extraordinary or outstanding efforts beyond their normal daily job requirements. Nominees were required to be an employee of a Safety National policyholder within the three categories.


Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.