Stephen Cunningham: Thank you noble firefighters |

Stephen Cunningham: Thank you noble firefighters

First, a confession. I have always taken firefighters for granted, including my brother-in-law, a couple of cousins and various others. What a mistake.

Two weeks ago, we had a fire on our property, out on Colorado Highway 131, 7 miles or so from U.S. Highway 40. We (us and our neighbors at Sidney Peak) ultimately lost 4.5 acres of brush, along with some fences and bees. We had nightmares for the better part of the first week, because the fire was fierce and fast.

The heroics of the Steamboat and Oak Creek firefighters are what saved our barn and our home, and their quick thinking, courage, rapid response and commitment were the biggest differences between success and failure.

We learned a simple but powerful lesson that day. Since then, whenever we see a firefighter, we start the conversation with the words, “thank you for your service.”

Thank you, noble firefighters for your incredible dedication and extraordinary service.

Stephen Cunningham

Steamboat Springs

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User

Letter to the Editor

Letter: The damage is done

On March 22, the Steamboat Springs School Board voted unanimously to continue the notoriously ineffective hybrid model for high school students, which cuts instruction time by 50%, despite the fact that the incidence of D’s…

See more