Mom of a victim of Storm King Fire grateful to Glenwood
This is a much-overdue letter to the people of Glenwood Springs.
I am the mother of Tami Bickett, who died with 13 other firefighters July 6, 1994, on Storm King Mountain.
I want to thank your community for the many acts of kindness shown my family and the other families at that time and in the past eight years. I continue to be amazed at the generosity and concern of your great city. City Market has continued to put beautiful bouquets at the base of each boulder on the anniversary date.
And our family representative, Greg Little, continues to be a special friend and support to us. Many of the families continue their contact with each one’s representative to the monument committee.
What a fantastic job they did building the monument and in the ceremony honoring those that died. I am sure countless hours went into this endeavor. The monument now is visited by many in the park and is a reminder to those that are working in the fire industry to maintain safety.
To all those who built the trail, I was able to spend the night of July 5 on the mountain. The next morning it was like a small city with so many fire crews visiting the crosses where each firefighter fell.
I was fortunate to meet David Frey that morning (thanks for the shirt, David). He was the photographer who took the firefighters’ last pictures before being helicoptered to the mountain. Little did he know they would be their last photos and so cherished by the families.
Thanks to the wonderful people of Canyon Creek Estates for the serene little park and the upkeep of the wildflowers there.
The beautiful quilt put together by many hands is hanging on a quilt rack in my home for me as well as those visiting to admire.
And thanks to the wonderful and tactful news coverage by the Post Independent following the event as well as the new fires.
God bless your community. Glenwood Springs has continued to persevere with all the tragedies it has experienced. Thanks once again.
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The Glenwood Springs-Rifle sports rivalry goes way back for GSHS baseball coach and former Demons multi-sport student-athlete Eric Nieslanik.