‘Storm King 14’ sculptures available to public
A small sculpture memorializing the 14 firefighters who lost their lives saving Glenwood Springs is on display at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park gift shop.The sculpture, an 18-inch-tall replica of the Storm King 14 Memorial at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs, is made from the same mold as the maquette (preliminary model) that Sedona, Ariz., artist Joyce Killebrew used to create the life-sized work.The Storm King fire, the second deadliest in American history, killed 14 people in 15 minutes on July 6, 1994. The Storm King Memorial memorializes two men and a woman to represent the members of the helitac crew, smoke jumpers and hot shots who perished in the fire.People from the Glenwood Springs area and firefighters nationwide raised the money to build the memorial, donate a bronze maquette to each family who lost a loved one in the fire, and start the Storm King 14 Scholarship Fund.Fifty additional bronze and 50 resin maquettes, like the sculpture at Glenwood Caverns, are being sold to raise additional money for the scholarship endowment fund.The scholarship is open to anyone who is a member of the immediate family of a person who died in the fire, a child of a member of a fire-fighting unit located in Pitkin, Garfield or Eagle counties; Grand Junction; Missoula, Mont.; Savannah River Forest Station, S.C.; and Prineville, Ore. It is also open to students pursuing a fire management or natural resources degree who have a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average, plan to attend college full time and can show financial need.The scholarship, administered by the Colorado Mountain College Foundation, has provided small grants because of the limited funds in the endowment, which has totaled $24,000 in the 10 years since the fire.One of the first scholarship recipients was Alisha Bickett, of Lebanon, Ore. She used the $600 she received to study elementary education at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Ore. She was eligible for the scholarship because her 24-year-old sister died on Storm King Mountain.”It’s a privilege to get the scholarship honoring the 14 firefighters who died,” Bickett said. “The scholarship is just one of the many things the people of Glenwood Springs have done – the boulders (at the Storm King 14 Memorial), the bronze statutes, the crosses. Each of our families has a Glenwood family that we’re still in contact with that helped us through the grieving. So many people care about how we felt and how we feel, and the scholarship shows that they still care.”Bickett isn’t the only person who was thrilled to be one of the first recipients of the Storm King 14 scholarship. Sandy Dunbar, whose son Doug perished in the fire, was awarded $500. Her daughters, Rebecca and Kody, also each received $500 awards.”I feel complete,” Dunbar said. “It’s almost a full circle for me – that now my son is helping me. I just feel like it’s perfect.”The bronze sculptures sell for $1,680; $500 of the price benefits the scholarship fund. The bronze-finished resin sculptures sell for $450, with $200 going toward the scholarship fund. Killebrew is not profiting from the sale.”This is our way of continually thanking the people who gave their lives to help us,” said Alexandra Yajko, CMC Foundation chief executive officer, which administers the scholarship. “We want to be part of this ongoing appreciation not only on behalf of our community, but to benefit the families of those who were involved.”The CMC Foundation welcomes additional contributions to the endowment for future scholarships. Contributions can be made to: CMC Foundation, P.O. Box 1763, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.Anyone interested in purchasing a Storm King Memorial maquette should contact Killebrew at (928) 284-0161.
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