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Statement from the Board – June 8, 2020

Statement from the Lyons Fire Protection District Board of Directors

June 8, 2020

This evening, Chief J.J. Hoffman resigned his position with the Lyons Fire Protection District in response to remarks he made on social media. Chief Hoffman expressed to us that he felt it was in the best interests of the Lyons Fire Protection District for him to resign.

The board would like to thank Chief Hoffman for his service to the Lyons Fire Protection District and the Lyons community. We will begin a search for a new chief immediately, and we will provide additional updates to our community throughout that process.

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Don’t Fall for Coronavirus Scams

Community Protection Division
Boulder County District Attorney’s Office

What Scammers Are Doing

  • Setting up fake websites to sell unproven treatments, or to offer cleaning and disinfecting products at exorbitant prices.
  • Calling, texting, sending emails, and creating social media posts to entice you to buy a bogus testing kit or fake product, or to offer vaccinations.
  • Sending fake information in messages that appear to be from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other experts claiming to have new info about the virus.
  • Creating fake “investment opportunities” claiming that products or services of publicly-traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure coronavirus – and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result.
  • Setting up fake efforts to take donations for victims in hard-hit areas.

What You Can Do

Be alert!

  • According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are currently NO drugs or vaccines approved to treat or prevent coronavirus.
    • Ignore online offers, calls, emails, texts and
      social media posts telling you otherwise.

Be smart buying online

  • Shop from trusted places and sellers and compare prices before buying.
  • The FDA advises that testing for the coronavirus is only conducted in verified state and local public laboratories.
    • Ignore online offers for virus test kits.

Visit reliable resources for the most up-to-date information

  • Boulder County Public Health:
  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment:
  • CDC:

Don’t click on links in unsolicited emails or from sources you don’t know

  • These links can lead you to a fake website or can download malicious software (malware) or a virus onto your computer.
  • Make sure the anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer is up to date.
  • Do your homework before donating or investing
  • Check that a charity is legitimate at the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office or at
  • If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
  • Be alert to virus-related investment schemes, and research new investments carefully.

Call the Community Protection Division with Questions, or to Report a Scam 303-441-3700

Download the flyer:
DA Fraud Alert on Coronavirus scams 3-18-20

Community Protection Division
Boulder County District Attorney’s Office
Michael Dougherty, District Attorney



TDD/V: 303.441.4774