Grand Lake Firefighters honored with Grand County Hometown Hero Award |

Grand Lake Firefighters honored with Grand County Hometown Hero Award

The Grand Lake Fire Protection District (GLFPD) volunteers and staff have been selected for the Grand County Home Town Hero award.

“We cannot thank the Grand County firefighters enough for all they do for our communities. Marlene and I are thrilled that this award recognizes these important first responders,” said Marvin Pinckert, a long-time Grand Lake resident.

He saw the quick action of our local firefighters on Jan. 30 when his home at Shoreline Landing Townhomes was threatened by an early morning blaze.

Another Grand Lake fan of the local firefighters is Re/Max Realtor Suzi Maki. She was the volunteer Grand PooBah for the recent Annual Winter Carnival.

“Our Grand Lake firefighters are our friends and neighbors. They participate in our community events and festivals. We are so grateful to them.”

Also grateful are the K.O.L.E. (Kevin’s Outreach for Local Emergencies) leadership team.

“Our thanks to the entire Grand Lake Fire Department for their years of support and service for our many fundraising dinners and projects.”

Six career and 27 volunteers comprise the GLFPD.

“The Grand Lake volunteer and career firefighters very much appreciate the Home Town Hero recognition,” said Fire Chief Mike Long. “Our community has always taken very good care of us. But, we also feel we work very hard to earn that. The time commitment of our volunteers to keep their fire, rescue and emergency medical skills current is substantial in and of itself.

“Our involvement in our community is equally substantial for the sole reason that it is the right thing to do. We try to attend school lunches monthly and host our annual Fire Prevention Week Open House and Community BBQ each October where we share fire and home safety messages for all ages,” Long continued.

“We aggressively pursue grants to enable us to provide smoke detectors and fire extinguishers at no cost to our local senior citizens and bike helmets to our elementary students,” he added. “Several years ago we created the Grand Lake Fire Department Scholarship Fund for school-aged kids in our district to attend academically and culturally beneficial programs they might not otherwise afford. We raise all those funds.

“As the Fire Chief, I am so proud of our volunteers and career staff. Thank you for this Home Town Hero Award.” This community recognition program is a partnership with the Sky Hi Daily News and Forest and Lake Real Estate. If you would like to nominate a First Responder organization for consideration, call Penny Hamilton 887-1881 or e-mail

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