A Matter of Character

On September 6, 2010 a fire started in Fourmile Canyon near Boulder, Colorado.  From a simple spark and a lot of wind the devastating burn destroyed over 6,000 acres of forest and at final count 166 homes, including the homes of nine firefighters who were battling the blaze.  They also lost their fire station.  Hundreds of firefighters, both professional and volunteer, from all over the region took on that fire despite the risk of injury or loss of life, and our firefighters here in the mountain area watched, waiting for the call to service, deeply concerned about what their fellow firefighters were dealing with miles north on the front range.  During the fundraiser for our volunteer fire departments, the Big Chili Cook-off, which was held on September 12, 2010, in Evergreen, a collection was taken for the Boulder companies and the Big Chili attendees gave generously to the effort.  A firefighter from Elk Creek Fire Department approached the event director in the midst of the festivities on that day in September asking if there was any way the money raised for their department could go to the Boulder firefighters who lost their homes and station.  An astounding question, considering the money we raise for Elk Creek goes to buy Responder Equipment, helmets, boots, gloves, jackets, vests – things they need to do their job safely,  yet this firefighter was willing to give these much needed funds up to help firefighters in another part of the state.  Just a reminder – we call them heroes for a reason.  That’s what they are.

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