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

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