Grand Lake will miss Donnie Kern on the job
To the Editor:
Thank you very much for the article you wrote about Donnie Kern.
This really touched my heart to see a community stand up for one of its best. Now if they would only follow through with what they say.
Every time I visited Grand Lake, I would enjoy seeing the new firehouse that I heard Donnie had a part in helping get started by grants and all the proper paperwork. I would even tell friends and family to go by and say hello to Donnie, and he would gladly give a quick tour and show off how proud he is to be a firefighter.
You know it is really hard nowadays to find good help, even volunteer help, and to find people who truly love and respect the job is even harder to find. But as I see it, Donnie Kern loved and respected this job as a firefighter more than anyone I have ever come across, especially when it came to community work.
I recall Easter egg hunts when he alone with his family would stay up all night and color 50-plus dozen eggs with no complaining. He just loved giving back to a community that he truly loves and where he wants to raise his children. He also did countless other community things without looking for anything back in return. He even would do things without being asked just because he noticed.
He endured countless sleepless nights on call. And by the way, (the department has) the cleanest fire trucks that shine with great adoration, that he had the privilege of going out of state to pick out. How’s that for dedication?
In my opinion as a visitor, it sounds like the Grand Lake Fire Department is the one truly missing out on a great person. Any fire department would greatly benefit from this great man on their team.
So, Donnie, don’t give up. You are still a great firefighter.
Dawn Marie Gras
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