FORT LUPTON - A former Adams County deputy is recovering in a northern Colorado hospital after crashing into a fence.

Former Deputy John Bailey, who was driving a white van, crossed a lawn and crashed into a fence on 1st Avenue and Pacific Avenue in Fort Lupton on Tuesday, Fort Lupton officials said.

By the time Officer Paul Grossman arrived, Bailey was unconscious so he bashed a window because the doors were locked, he said.

A Fort Lupton police officer saved a man, then realized the connection he shared with him. 

Officer Grossman saw Bailey turn blue and said he still wasn't breathing. He notified dispatch he needed to perform CPR, a move paramedics say likely ended up saving Bailey's life.

No one knew Bailey was a former brother in blue until he was at the hospital, Officer Grossman said. It was even more touching to learn he helped saved a fellow law enforcement official.

Bailey was airlifted to North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. The hospital has not released his condition but officers say they hear he is steadily recovering.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.