Granby, Colorado, where a bulldozer rampage took place 20 years ago, is sending a special message to the community


The mountain town of Granby, Colorado, shared a message with community members on Wednesday about the infamous Bulldozer rampage that happened there 20 years ago.

“It is impossible to ignore the impact this event made on those who were here twenty years ago and the lasting impact this history has on our community today,” Mayor Josh Hardy said in a statement.

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Officials hope that next Tuesday, the 20th anniversary of the destruction, people will not focus on the destruction but instead remember the importance of safety and mental health in their “resilient and supportive community.” In the coming days, they will increase police presence in the city. City Hall will also be closed from June 3 to 5.

On June 4, 2004, an angry Granby resident drove a bulldozer he had reinforced with steel plates through the Grand County town. His name was Marvin Heemeyer, and authorities said he was angry over a zoning dispute. He committed suicide after spending an hour and a half causing $5 million in damage to buildings and knocking down trees.

Rescue workers tried to stop Heemeyer and fired at the Komatsu D355-A, but were unable to stop it from destroying 13 buildings. including several companies.


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“City officials remind the entire community that violence and destruction only harm the community of Granby,” the city's statement said.

Hardy said, “Safety has been, is and will continue to be one of Granby's highest priorities. We continue to have zero tolerance for violence and destruction of any kind.”

Granby encourages any residents needing help with mental health issues to contact Mind Springs Health. Additionally, people who may be going through a mental health crisis or know someone who is going through one are advised to call the Colorado Crisis Services hotline at 844-493-8355.