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Frigid Temps Don’t Slow Down Outdoor Workers

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Brown Palace bellman James Coogan doesn't mind the frigid temperatures (credit: CBS)

Brown Palace bellman James Coogan doesn’t mind the frigid temperatures (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (CBS4) – As many people dash from car to home or bus to office, they think it’s cold, but imagine what it must be like for those who work eight hours in the freezing weather.

CBS4’s Suzanne McCarroll spent the day on Tuesday talking to hearty folks who have to work all day outdoors.

Parking valets run in and out helping shoppers at the Cherry Creek Mall, but for some around the city they are outside their entire work day.

“I have four layers on and three hats,” said a worker clearing a driveway with a tractor.

“I have a couple layers on and then I have these little hand pockets,” said James Coogan.

Coogan has been the bellman at the Brown Palace for 32 years, so greeting people and staying warm are second nature to him.

“The reason I love the job is because I meet people from all over the world,” he said.

A hospital construction site had a full team of outdoor workers.

“You’ve got to have a vest, a hard hat and safety glasses,” a worker said.

They were more concerned about safety than their comfort.

Carlos collects trash and says hard work keeps him moving and warm.

“I’ve got good heaters in the truck,” he said.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

First thing Tuesday morning in Highlands Ranch McCarroll saw a misguided dresser sporting shorts. And then just hours later in downtown Denver another warm-blooded soul with bare legs.

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