Stranded visitors in Fraser thank the community |

Stranded visitors in Fraser thank the community

Sky-Hi News Staff Report

After working seasonal jobs in Moab, Christopher Fregoe, 42 and his fiancé, Kathleen Conley, 29 took a road trip through Colorado eventually driving through Fraser when their car broke down. Fraser and Granby residents sprang into action to help two people down on their luck.

Fregoe and Conley received food from the local food bank, a few nights of free camping, a tent, and local businesses helped fix their car.

“I want to tell everyone thanks,” said Fregoe during a phone conversation with the Sky-Hi News the week of July 18. They received assistance from Changes thrift store, Ski Broker, and the Fraser Baptist Church.

Missy Maier, of Fraser, who works at the Crooked Creek Saloon assisted when she met the stranded visitors. She gave them a tent and paid for a few nights camping.

“That is the Fraser community, we help people,” she said.

This sentiment of people helping people is echoed by everyone who interacted with Fregoe and Conley.

Winter Park Fraser Tire and Auto fixed their vehicle with the help of Carquest Auto Parts in Granby.

“The Fraser Baptist Church paid for the repairs,” said Sean Heath, the owner of Winter Park Fraser Tire and Auto, and he was able to reduce the costs to help Fregoe and Conley.

“I’m new to the community and doing everything to be a part of it,” Heath said.

John DeCicco, owner of Carquest Auto Parts, donated the parts to help.

“We are a small community; that’s what you do – help people,” said DeCicco.

Other local businesses who assisted the visitors include Full Circle Cyclery, HTA, Crooked Creek Saloon and Mountain Family Center.

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