To everyone involved in the fires

To everyone involved in the fires

From the From the Mailbag: A tribute to first responders and everyday heroes series

We must thank all the firefighters from all around the country and the various police agencies for the excellent work they did in this tremendous undertaking of fires. We will never be able to thank them enough for the many hours they put in and the risk involved because of all of the many fire outbreaks, especially in the wide areas and deep terrains.

I cannot imagine all the hard work and long hours they put in; our thanks go out to them.

The command post did a fantastic job of coordinating the various task forces putting out these fires. And let’s not forget the air tankers that dropped the flame retardant and the helicopters that dropped water to reduce the spread of the fire.

We must also thank the community for their outpouring of generous supplies of water, food, clothes and various other donations. We must also thank the shelters that provided a place for people who were evacuated and displaced persons. We can’t forget the animal shelters and those that took in large animals in corrals and stables.

There are also many who volunteer to make meals for the firefighters and shelters. We cannot forget also the Red Cross for their help and support.

It was a tremendous, heartfelt undertaking on everyone’s part in this horrendous, disastrous event.

Lastly, I would like to extend my deepest, heartfelt sympathy to those who lost everything and/or those that lost their lives. To those, our deepest condolences, our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you.

Helene Schmidtpott


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