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C’dale Fire Department mourns loss of their own

Steve Benson

Jeanette Ware, who died in a car accident on Highway 133 near Redstone Thursday, was a member of the Carbondale Fire Department and a midwife who cared for mothers and their newborns all over western Colorado. She was 28. “She was an amazing person, an amazing woman and an amazing midwife, and she will be missed by a lot people,” said Suzanne Tully, a friend and midwife mentor. “She was real intuitive – she was really a magical person.” Ware moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2000 and began volunteer work as an emergency medical technician at the Carbondale department. “She was a great person. She didn’t have a judgmental bone in her body,” firefighter Ken Motsenbocker said Monday. “She added a fresh spirit to this department.” Ware also started her own business, Traditional Midwifery in Glenwood Springs.

“She was really committed, she really cared for people,” Tully said. “She had a super healthy approach to childbirth and helped a lot of moms and babies come into the world.” In 2001, Ware was named the Carbondale Fire Department’s rookie of the year. In 2003 she was honored with the department’s Life Saver Award after she saved a child in respiratory distress. Ware “embodied all the characteristics of the ideal fire department medic,” firefighter Doug Davis said.But it was Ware’s personality that really made her stand out, he added. “All of us who knew her really loved her, and her energy and enthusiasm,” Davis said. “She had a great sense of humor and dedication to taking care of other people.”

Members of the Carbondale Fire Department who responded to the accident initially did not know that it involved Ware. “We didn’t even know right away when we showed up. Sometimes it takes awhile,” Davis said. “Obviously it had a big emotional impact on all of us who were there.” According to the Colorado State Patrol, which is investigating the accident, Ware’s 1988 Toyota truck was found on its side in the Crystal River after she lost control 2.5 miles south of Redstone. She did not appear to be wearing a seat belt. Her body was located on the river bank. The only other passenger was her dog. “It did have a big emotional impact and we all were temporarily shocked, but we quickly realized we all had our jobs to do,” Davis said. “In a small town and a tight-knit community, that’s always one of your biggest fears, that you’ll go to a call and it will be your child or your wife – you never know.” In an effort to relieve firefighters and EMTs who were emotionally overwhelmed, both the Aspen and Basalt fire departments sent crews to Carbondale to respond to further calls for the evening of July 1.

“That was a big thing they did. All the members of our department want to thank them – that was a great gesture; it really helped us out,” Davis said. “There are some great people in this valley.” A service for Ware will be held at The Gates of Heaven in Albuquerque, N.M., today at 1 p.m., and a celebration of her life will be held at the Carbondale Fire Department station on Aug. 7. Friends of Ware have created a memorial at the site of the crash on Highway 133. According to Davis, the area is covered with flowers and notes to Jeanette, and treats for her dog. “It’s a very touching memorial,” he said.Steve Benson’s e-mail address is sbenson@aspentimes.com


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