Readers Say Thanks |

Readers Say Thanks

Help after house fire is much appreciated

Michael Parks and I (Amanda Stroder) would like to thank all the generous and loving friends and family who called and messaged us, sent cards, gift certificates, food, clothing and monetary donations in our time of need.

We are the couple who has been displaced from our home in Rifle due to an electrical fire back on Nov. 1 and are still out of our home. Neither of us were injured and it could have been so much worse, so we thank our Creator that we had a guardian angel over us and our home that night.

There are so many people that I want to thank including but not limited to:

All the first responders at Colorado River Fire Rescue and Fire Marshall Orrin Moon, Jill Hamrick and the staff at the Red Cross, our neighbors Krystal and Brandon Ritchie, Velasquez family, Rayanne and Diane Fugita, all the staff at Comfort Inn in Rifle including general manager Mary Bouthiller, Erin Riley and Nate Ruark, Kim Piccinati and family, Courtney McGruder and family, Jon and Tushina Stewart with US Transport, Kristan Haver and family, Sam Young owner at Whistle Pig Café, Makesha Peterson, Donny at Sammy’s Restaurant, Lauren and Jayson Boebert with Shooters Grill, Michelle McCurdy at Midland Arts Center, Lindsey Jewell and Bray and Co., Marianne Ackerman at the Property Shop, Charles Englebert, Melissa Adams Maness and family, Jason and Alicia Hauck, Loren Jewell, Smoky and Michelle Torres, Harry and Lori Bentzler, Dave and Dawn Ogren, Kris and Jerry Hoffmeister, Bob and Kelly Duff, Malinda and Kelly West, Jess Murray, Brandi and Bub Donelson, Brandy Clouse, Lisa and Herman Aardsma and Mountain Waste, Randy Pokorzynksi and Bouma, Bridget Henderson and family, Tom Parks and Cathy Tilton, Jimmy and Denice Keenan, Stephens family, Kendra Fleming, Johnson family, Shirley Pierce, Anonymous donation on the GoFundMe page, Michelle Davies, Lizzie and Chad Minor, Trisha Tushim, Donna Rodgers, Egmont Raynal, Brandon Perry, Irma Sanic, Dennis Kasprzak, Tammy Stout, Carmen Maize, Amy Bradford, Kyle and Leslie Coombs and Mark Fergen and the whole company at Mountain Air Mechanical, and Todd Fugate State Farm.

And if there is anyone we forgot we apologize, it does not mean we do not appreciate you. I wanted to send out personal thank-you cards, but it would be so hard to get a hold of everyone listed, so I thought by writing a letter to the editor I could express our deepest gratitude to everyone.

We don’t know what we would do without the amazing support of our community. Please if there is anything we can do please go see Michael Parks at Parks Industries in Rifle. It’s the most we can do to offer you a discount on car and/or truck repairs. He is a great man and mechanic and will take care of you.

Also, a warning to unplug your phone chargers when not in use or monitored. There was a study done on 400 chargers purchased online and only three passed the safety test. It was due to improper insulation in the chargers causing electric shock and even fires. We would hate to see the same freak accident happen to anyone else. In fact, just unplug everything if you’re not home.

Thank you so much, Love and Light and Merry Christmas to All,

Amanda Stroder and Michael Parks


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