Family remembers Evergreen man who fell through ice

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EVERGREEN, Colo. -- Three days after a man tragically fell through the ice of Evergreen Lake, hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects at a candlelight vigil Sunday night.

Greg Henika, a former special education teacher at Evergreen High School, died on Thursday after the vehicle he was riding, described as a grooming tractor, collapsed into a lake while he was trying to clear away snow.

"It shocked, a lot of people, it doesn't happen here," said John Ellis, a fellow volunteer of the Kiwanis Club and decades long friend of Henika. The sixty-seven year old was trying to clear away snow on Thursday morning for a charity event he himself had helped to create.

"I remember him as a warrior, who fought for our students, who fought for our developmentally disabled community here in Evergreen, he was one of a kind," said one parent of a former student of Mr. Henika.

Henika is survived by his wife, an adult daughter, and several friends throughout Evergreen.