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Letter: Schilling has proven track record

As we go about selecting the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District board, I want to give the reasons why I am voting for Gene Schilling and then encourage you to vote for Gene, too.

Gene has lived in this valley all of his life, and since childhood he has volunteered for the fire department.

Gene’s commitment to the district reflects his passion for our land and the people who make their home here.

In the past few years, as much of Colorado burned, we were safe. It was not luck. Gene, the board and Chief Ron Leach instituted an aggressive plan to keep us, our property and the forests safe.

Roving fire patrols in the mountains, guided by satellites, were able to stop lightning-caused fires before they had a chance to cause our community harm.

As a direct result of the aggressive and pre-emptive actions taken by our fire department, our home insurance rates reflect their excellence. It’s like getting a good-driver discount.

My wife Susie is a volunteer for the fire district. As a lieutenant for the EMT program, she witnesses firsthand the policies and the direction the chief and board, including Gene, are implementing.

Susie and I give two thumbs up to Gene and Leach and urge you to support Gene in the upcoming election.

Tom Adgate

Glenwood Springs

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