Our view: Everyday heroes
Anyone who happened to be listening to scanner traffic on July 10 would have heard police officers, firefighters and first responders from almost every agency in Routt County called out to respond to a series of emergency events that unfolded over the course of an hour and a half.
There was a possible fire that had sparked in a wheat field near Hayden, followed by a drowning at Steamboat Lake in North Routt. Shortly after those calls, a brief but powerful storm blew through the area, downing two power poles in the Silver Spur neighborhood and causing power lines to fall across U.S. Highway 40 near Milner. In addition, there were reports of two traffic crashes, an incident of men fighting in a nearby campground and a lightning strike at another home in the west Steamboat area.
The call volume on this particular night was busier than usual, but it served as a window into the world of local emergency teams — those who respond routinely to life-and-death situations, who spend their nights and weekends and holidays keeping us safe and coming to our rescue during harrowing times.
The work of these brave men and women often goes unheralded, especially in a town where the police blotter is filled with calls about bears, lost property and disorderly revelers. We can be lulled into thinking our local police officers or firefighters have little to do, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Day in and day out, Routt County residents are served by firefighters, paramedics, search and rescue crews and law enforcement officers who work around the clock to make sure locals and visitors are safe. And when they are not responding to an emergency, these men and women are out patrolling the area, interacting with members of the public at area events and training to make sure they are ready to respond when residents need them the most.
So far this season, Routt County has been spared from the larger wildfires that have threatened other Colorado communities and scorched thousands upon thousands of acres of land, but our local firefighters, working for local, state and national agencies, are always prepared and have been called upon time and time again to help fire departments fight fires in other areas around the state.
Our editorial message is pretty straight-forward this week. Thank you firefighters, police officers, paramedics, emergency medical providers, search and rescue volunteers and other first responders for your service to Steamboat Springs and Routt County. You are our heroes, and we appreciate your hard work, dedication and commitment to the communities you serve.
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