CMC instructor an outstanding citizen
October 1, 2011
I have been reading the articles and letters to The Aspen Times concerning CMC and the alleged discrimination of a student that has epilepsy. I have no knowledge of what occurred but I do know Bryce Halverson. I have known Bryce for almost a decade. He is one of the most dedicated volunteer EMTs and firefighters in the Roaring Fork Valley. He has donated countless hours for two fire departments/ambulance services in the valley.
I have had the privilege to work with Bryce as a fellow EMT, firefighter and EMT Instructor. On many stressful occasions, I have observed Bryce to be a truly caring and compassionate individual. I had the opportunity to serve as the lead instructor for the last three EMT classes at the Aspen CMC campus, and Bryce served as one of the primary assistant instructors. I have observed Bryce and found him to be an excellent instructor. I have talked to many students who have expressed the same view.
Bryce, on his own time, completed the Colorado Department of Health and Environment’s training requirements to be an EMT Instructor. He and I worked together and he eagerly sought different ways to become a great instructor. He asked questions and sought many other instructors’ advice.
Many of you reading this letter may think you do not know Bryce, but you do. If you have seen an ambulance traveling on Highway 82, it may have been Bryce. If you have seen firefighters doing auto extraction, it may have been Bryce. If you have seen firefighters working at a structure fire, or a car fire, or a wildland fire, it may have been Bryce.
The newspaper articles and letters to the editor do not explain any of the positive things Bryce has done in this valley as a firefighter and an EMS provider, as well as an EMT Instructor. I ask all that know Bryce personally to give him thanks for all that he has done, and offer their support during this difficult time.
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Carl L. Smith B. S.
EMT Intermediate and Fire Officer III