David DeRose: Volunteer firefighters deserve pat on back
November 13, 2007
To the Editor:
On Thursday, Nov. 8, I had the experience of being in the building at 485 Washington St. to begin winterizing any piping that we could. I was more than surprised to find the building in the condition it is in. The unit that the fire began in was a total loss, but it can be rebuilt, and the rest of the building will take only minor structural and finish work to inhabit the building.
All of that said, the point is that with only 15 volunteer people on that fire, Craig Fire/Rescue were able to come away with no major injuries and save the building from being a total loss. These members of our community deserve a great pat on the back for their efforts and what they have dedicated their time to do for our community. I firmly believe that if that fire had been in Denver, with the extra resources available to them, the results could not have been much better. I realize that I had a unique situation as most of the community will never see the inside of a structure like this and only be able to imagine the results. After voicing this to some of the fire personnel, I was informed of the great work that the Craig Police Department and EMS personnel performed in a support role to the people fighting the fire.
I, for one, would like to say thanks to all of you for your dedication and efforts and, though we did not have a terrorist attack in our fair city, your bravery and dedication are cut from the same cloth. I would like to thank each of you personally, but I figured the community needed to get a perspective from the inside of a structure that was saved from total destruction.
Thank you for all you do.