Sheriff in ‘Balloon Boy’ Incident Shows Humor, Resolve in Blog

Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden shoots from the hip when recounting last week's "Balloon Boy" incident -- and subsequent backlash -- in his new blog, showing his sense of resolve – and humor – amid the media frenzy surrounding the story.

In his "The Bull's Eye – Straight Shooting from the Sheriff" blog, this week titled "Up, Up and Away," he delivers some "insight into public response to this incident and what we have had to deal with behind the scenes" after six-year-old Falcon Heene, believed to be trapped in a rogue, experimental flying saucer-shaped balloon, turned up in the family's garage attic.

Alderden says his office has received over 500 e-mails and a like number of phone calls from all over the world, from Germany to Fiji. Many contained suggestions on how to perform a rescue, including, "Harrier aircraft, hot air balloons with nets, sky divers, blimps, ultra-lights, para-gliders, and fishing hooks with fishing line."

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