Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Firefighters rose to the occasion

This is a story about human kindness and the people you are lucky to call your neighbors and friends.

On Aug. 13, my husband and I were on a weekend motorcycle getaway in southern Colorado, not far from our home, when we were hit by a deer. The deer hit us on the left side, throwing me from the bike and causing my husband and the bike to slide and tumble.

Within minutes of the accident, another group of motorcycle-riding vacationers stopped to help. The men who stopped to help were off-duty firefighters from Sun Valley. They made all the difference in the aftermath of the crash. Without hesitating, they got medical supplies from their bags, assessed our injuries and kept us talking.

If you are ever in an accident, these are the guys you want by your side. They sent one of their party to call an ambulance and stayed at the scene until we were taken away. When we tell our story, inevitably someone asks if we were scared. We never had time—your fire team was there.

These men avoided the questions when we asked their names, yet we owe them at the very least a sincere thank you for their kindness.

We are well on our way to full recovery (we suffered broken bones, but no internal or head injuries) and are shopping for a new motorcycle. We hope that we can someday thank these men in person for their selfless act and perhaps invite them to join us on a less eventful motorcycle adventure.

Anyone who lives in or visits Sun Valley is lucky to have these men as part of the team that protects them.

Stacey and Jim Maule

Eagle, Colo.

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