Aspen Country Inn says thanks
Dear Editor:(This letter was originally addressed to the various agencies and community members who helped residents of the Aspen Country Inn cope with the suicide/arson in their building last week.)We, the residents of Aspen Country Inn, want to express our most sincere gratitude to everyone whose quiet was so abruptly interrupted in the wee hours of Monday morning when both of the apartment buildings were threatened by fire and smoke.All of our professional emergency services neighbors came to our aid with speed, efficiency, skill and caring. While quickly minimizing the damage to the physical property, the fire personnel carefully assured that each of the residents was personally safe and accounted for, including at least three who had pulled the covers over their heads, wrongfully assuming it was a false alarm.The ambulances, while fortunately not busy transporting injured people, offered shelter until RFTA brought a couple of buses to keep our scantily clad bodies seated in warmth.Aspen Police Department and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office kept control, and also frequently updated us, as time passed responding to group and individual concerns.The American Red Cross offered food and drinks, with additional comforts at the city of Aspen’s Rio Grande meeting room, while an Aspen Counseling Center representative came to offer solace.With the help of all of the above emergency services personnel, as well as additional investigators, etc., most if not all of us residents were allowed to return to our apartments in 12-14 hours and to begin salvaging what we could that had been, mostly, smoked and soaked in our basement storage room.We sincerely regret the death of Billy Seawell. But, we are all grateful for the fact that additional injuries and damage was averted by the immediate responses of all of the city of Aspen and Pitkin County emergency services personnel.THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.Mary Kay Kueneman andthe residents of Aspen Country lnn
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