At 2:00 pm today, Sept. 19, 2010 the residents of Boulder, evacuees from the fire and well-wishers lined Pearl Street to publicly thank all the fire crews that worked the Fourmile Fire. I was there to record the event. Here’s the photos and videos I took. Please feel free to use any of this material any way you like. If possible, an attribution of ‘Courtesy of FreeRangeLongmont.com’ is appreciated but not required. There’s also a great poster available at FourMileHeroes.org. All proceeds go to benefit local firefighters.
I polled a number of firefighters with this question: “How does it feel to be a celebrity?” and got almost exactly the same answer in every case: “Not me.” These men and women risk their lives and don’t consider themselves heroes – just ‘glad we got to play that day’ – God Bless You ALL.
After Shari Malloy points out the partisan behavior of the new majority on Longmont city council, Mayor Baum wisecracks: “…we should all just get up and leave…” and the joke falls completely flat since that’s exactly what most of the audience wants. The mayor needs to learn to bite his tongue lest his wisecracks come back to bite him in the ass. You can read the entire text of Shari’s remarks here.