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Thanks for 9/11 commemoration

Larry GillilandPresident, Lake Dillon Fire Protection District Board of Directors

The Sept. 11 commemoration and dedication of the World Trade Center memorial at the High Country Training Center in Frisco was attended by more than 200 Summit County residents and served as a solemn and fitting tribute to the victims and heroes of the attack and its aftermath. We, the Board of Directors of the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District, would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to those who made the event by the joint Summit Fire Authority possible.The memorial was the brainchild of outgoing High Country Training Center Battalion Chief Herb George, who acquired the World Trade Center steel-beam artifact for permanent display from the New York Port Authority. The commemorative gathering would not have been possible without the tireless work of Red, White & Blue Fire District firefighter John Zeising, assisted closely by his colleagues at the High Country Training Center, Capt. Matt Benedict and Capt. Eric Johnson and incoming Battalion Chief Ryan Roberts.The list of additional organizers who made it all possible is impressively long and includes: Capt. Chris Sutton and Battalion Chief Kim Scott of Red, White & Blue Fire; Leslie Wagner of the Summit Fire Authority/High Country Training Center; Matt Scheer, Steve Lipsher and Chaplain Ken Rice of Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue; U.S. Army Master Sgt. (Ret.) Tom Torres, Melanie Lenard and the rest of the volunteers with Forward Operating Base Summit County (a non-profit organization dedicated to providing outdoor adventures to active-duty and wounded veterans); singers Lindsey Rice and Bonnie Smith and musician Lisa Knobel; Boy Scout Troops 186, 187 and 188 and their Scout leaders; and speakers including Army Sgt. Josh Palmer, Army Special Forces Lt. Col. (Ret.) Harry Owen, Lake Dillon Fire Chief Dave Parmley and Summit County Sheriff John Minor.Finally, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to individuals and companies who donated time, services and materials to the construction of the memorial and the support of the event, including Bill Pike Electrical, Cook’s Welding, High Country Conservation, Little Flower Shop, RK Consulting Structural Engineer, Starbucks in Frisco, Blue Spruce restaurant, Backcountry Brewery, Columbine Hills Concrete, Everist Materials, Fall for the Arts, the Lake Dillon Fire Corps, Office Max in Silverthorne, Safeway in Frisco, Summit Fabrication and the Keystone Conference Center. The willingness of these people and their businesses to contribute to the effort was absolutely astounding and heartwarming, and seemingly no request was deemed too large. Undoubtedly there are others who contributed in large or small ways who have been omitted from this list inadvertently, but their efforts are nonetheless greatly appreciated and any oversight is unintentional and regrettable.


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