At the first televised town meeting during the Castle Rock Fire, Incident Commander Jeanne Pincha-Tully referenced the fire line that had been dozed from the Seattle Ridge area. She commented that it would make a grand new ski run. A member of the audience immediately proposed that the run be named for her—an inspired and gracious suggestion.
I would like to offer another suggestion. For next year's Wagon Days Parade, name all the firefighters and command center personnel as grand marshals (or at least honorary marshals) and ask Pincha-Tully to attend as the representative.
We all owe these personnel our gratitude and admiration for a job done superbly well. I can only imagine the physical strength and stamina required of all those on the fire line and in the air, and admire their courage in accepting the dangers that go with the job. We owe our respect not just for their willingness to undertake all this but to the fact that they were so good at their jobs.
The command center under Pincha-Tully also earned our respect and gratitude for intelligent and effective direction on where and how best to fight the fire. They too are to be commended for a job done superbly well.
Hugh Van Deventer