Keeping a valuable member |

Keeping a valuable member

Dear Editor:We are the members of the board of directors of Mountain Rescue Aspen. We are writing on behalf of our entire team regarding your recent article about Bert Fingerhut (“Aspenite is guilty of securities scam,” May 17).MRA is an all volunteer organization whose members are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, often dropping whatever they are doing on short notice when called on a mission. In addition, team members spend many hours on other MRA related business.Bert has been an active and valuable member of our team for 17 years. Furthermore, he is an emergency medical technician and is skilled at backcountry basic life support. During his years of service, Bert has been involved in well over 100 missions. Consequently, he has been instrumental in bringing back numerous injured people, who might not have otherwise survived, to their loved ones. He has also been involved on numerous occasions with bringing the bodies of those less fortunate back to their families, helping give them peace of mind and closure under tragic circumstances.Bert has not only been involved in our missions in the field, he has also volunteered to take on many administrative aspects of our team. Bert volunteered thousands of hours, consistently took on projects no one else could or wanted to undertake and was an invaluable mentor and resource for the entire team.Bert recently came before our board, candidly discussed with us his personal legal situation and offered his resignation from MRA. While we do not condone Bert’s actions, because he accepted responsibility and due to Bert’s many years of valuable service to MRA, we unanimously agreed not to accept his resignation and to keep him on our roster as a current member of our organization. We hope that consideration will be given to Bert’s many years of service to his community and to those to whom he so willingly gave his help when it was most needed. We look forward to his return as an active member of MRA.Board of directors, Mountain Rescue AspenHugh Zuker, Cavanaugh O’Leary, Debbie Kelly,Allen Symonds and Liz Bergdahl

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