A Simple Thank You

The great conflagration and inferno known as the Waldo Canyon Fire has been put out.  It consumed nearly 18,000 acres of the Pike National Forest, 346 homes and 2 lives.  It took thousands and thousand of man hours, a fleet of air tankers and helicopters, more than 1,000 federal wildfire fighters and God only knows how many professional firefighters from metropolitan Colorado Springs and nearby cities and towns . . . brave men and women all . . . who went toe-to-toe with the firestorm, battling and beating it back, inch by inch, foot by foot, or house by house and tree by tree until it was no more.  They are all heros.  They all went about their duties with a professionalism, dedication and determination that must be seen to be fully appreciated.  Not since nine-eleven have I had such a lump in my throat when I contemplate our first responders and the job they do to protect us all.  These few words of praise and a heartfelt thank-you are all I can offer in return.  It doesn’t seem like nearly enough.

                                                                        — JDM