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Readers Say Thanks

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Behind the scenes in our community, there are people who deal with the ugly realities of life: crime scenes, fatalities, car accidents, shootings and more. As a community, we are usually shielded from these horrors, but the paramedics, law enforcement, doctors and nurses have to meet these tragedies head on. This is their work and it never stops.

On May 5 and 6, the Two Rivers Coalition for Victim Advocacy presented a training by Jean McAllister, “Vicarious Trauma.” The focus of the training was to help these responders identify the traumatic nature of their work, realize the effects this exposure can have on them and their families, and gain the tools needed for dealing with the impact.

I think it’s very telling that we had 108 participants from more than 34 community agencies in attendance.



This work that responders do, day in and day out, can take its toll. There is often little thanks from the community they serve. Today, I encourage people to let one of these responders know how much you appreciate their willingness to work on the front lines. It’s a job most of us wouldn’t or couldn’t do.

Two River Coalition for Victim Advocacy would like to thank the various community businesses and organizations that made this training possible: Glenwood Springs Police Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, Valley View Hospital, Glenwood Springs Community Center, Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Glenwood Caverns and Rivers Restaurant



Thanks as well to all the victim advocates in our valley who give support to the survivors of these tragedies. Their work is critical in the healing process for these victims.

Lee Martin

Two Rivers Coalition for Victim Advocacy

Glenwood Springs

The Glenwood Springs High School APE, or After Prom Extravaganza, committee would like to thank numerous people for making our party such a huge success. Your generous support was greatly appreciated by all the students who enjoyed the party, and by the parents for having a safe and fun place for our kids to go after prom.

Huge thanks go to Liza Stewart and Dawn and Larry Thrun for chairing the entire APE committee, Jill Libby for organizing all our great parent volunteers, Angela Meraz for organizing all food donations, Gwen Hill for painting to making poppies for our Yellow Brick Road Theme, Carrie and Ken Melby II for advertising, Laurie Burbidge for the games and Nettie Avery for senior boards.

Another huge thank you for all junior parents who donated food and to those parents that actually stayed for the festivities.

We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to all our sponsors. We cannot publish the names because there are so many, but we would like to publicly thank you all for making our party such a success. We could not do it without you.

A very special thanks to Officer Guy Ryan of Glenwood Springs Police Department, and to Principal Paul Freeman, Assistant Principal Gayla Rowe and Finance Secretary Terease Juhl at Glenwood Springs High School.

Thank you all again from APE!

Carrie Melby

Glenwood Springs


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