Storm King funds go to daughter of Basalt firefighter who battled blaze
Basalt High School senior Kassandra Kassie Thompson was a second grader when the Storm King Fire claimed the lives of 14 firefighters, 10 years ago this July 6. What she does remember of that time was told to her by her father, then a firefighter for the Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District, one of the responders to the Storm King Fire.Scott Thompson is now the fire chief for the Basalt Fire District.Kassie was recently awarded $500 from the Storm King 14 Memorial Endowed Scholarship, administered through the Colorado Mountain College Foundation. Since 1998, the foundation has awarded Storm King scholarship monies to 13 students.Because Kassies father was a member of a firefighting unit responding to the 1994 wildfire, Kassie was eligible to apply for this particular scholarship. Immediate family members of the fallen firefighters are given first priority. Students pursuing a fire management or natural resource degree or certificate program are given third priority.Through her high school studies in Med-Prep, Kassie has developed a keen interest in health care. Shes certified as a Red Cross first responder, allowing her to ride in the ambulance as the third rider for the very fire department her father oversees.Jennifer Lemke is office manager for the Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District and describes Kassie as a very organized individual with the enviable ability to multi-task. I have been exceedingly impressed by how she manages her time, enabling her to attend and excel in school, maintain a part-time job, and participate in extracurricular activities.English teachers Bryan Koster and Michelle Brun both describe Kassie as a dedicated, responsible young woman. She has the dedication and work ethic to succeed in college. Kassie plans to earn a bachelors degree in psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the fall and then prepare for a career in medicine at the University Health Science Center in Denver. She adds, My Med-Prep clinical experience has showed me that health care would be a wonderful and rewarding career for me. I love the interaction with the patients and staff at the hospital.
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