Letter: Reflecting on sacrifice
We at Snowmass Fire would like to sincerely thank all of the police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and residents who climbed 970 feet over 3.5 miles with us Sunday night for the 9/11 memorial! When we planned this event, we really had no idea of what to expect for participation. The Snowmass Fire shift crew arrived at Snowmass Town Park early to greet people as they arrived, and a dozen people were already there waiting, and dozens more showed up while we donned our bunker gear and self-contained breathing apparatuses. Aspen Fire, Basalt Fire, Snowmass Fire, Colorado River Fire, Aspen police, Snowmass police, chiefs, rookies, mothers, babies, friends and families all joined the same team. As the group of 50 or more made the climb, cars pulled over to salute, people joined along the way, mothers with strollers led the pack, tears were shed, friendships were formed, and bonds were created. A 50-pound bundle of hose was passed among the crowd in an effort to carry it the entire way, just as the New York Fire Department did 15 years ago. The climb was challenging and humbling and gave each of us time to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who came before us. It was truly an amazing experience that we will never forget. Thank you!
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