Colorado A Kansas hiker who was billed $5,135 for his rescue in Clear Creek Canyon has settled the bill by paying 10 percent.
"I think all parties ended up happy with the outcome," city spokeswoman Sabrina D'Agosta said Monday.
David Seals, of Topeka, was rescued June 11 after severely spraining his ankle during a hike with his brother and a friend, Eurich Garcia.
Four days later, the Fire Department billed him.
The West Metro Fire Protection District also helped with the rescue but backed off plans to charge Seals $2,400.
Rescue groups and some sheriffs objected to the bill out of concern that charging stranded hikers could lead to delays in calling for help.
Garcia, of Topeka, said he negotiated with City Manager Mike Bestor and offered 10 percent of the bill or nothing.
Last month, the city billed Seals $502.11, which was promptly paid.
"It's done and we don't have to deal with it no more," said Seals, 35.
"I'm just real happy."
D'Agosta said Golden had always been willing to negotiate. The agency traditionally only recoups about 20 percent of such charges, she said.
She said the fire department only bills for rescue calls outside Golden.