Tim Smith: Close-knit community turns out to help, again
Editor:On behalf of all of the volunteer members of Grand County Search and Rescue, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to all of the friends and loved ones of Jeff Miller. Over the past three days, we have had the honor of working side-by-side with many of Jeff’s friends, guiding them through a very difficult process that concluded with a result nobody wanted. Grand County is a very special place. We host people from all over the world who come here to experience the mountains that we know as our backyard. Like Jeff, most of us in the Fraser Valley chose to come here because we wanted to live life to the fullest – each in our own way. This week’s tragedy clearly demonstrates that we also have something all too rare in today’s busy world, a very close-knit community that truly knows how to come together when things get tough. While events like this are difficult, they also tend to bring out the very best in people. We would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all the locals who worked so tirelessly alongside us to bring closure to our entire community. We would also like to thank all of the local businesses who provided the 70-plus volunteers with such abundant generosity. I do not want to forget any, so I will simply say that the list is long. Grand County Search and Rescue would like to honor Jeff’s life with a reception for anyone who took part in the search on Berthoud Pass. We will meet at Ullr’s Tavern in Winter Park at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27. It is our hope that, together, we can all prevent future tragedies by learning from the events of Monday afternoon. We would like to talk over this week’s events with everyone who volunteered their time to find Jeff, followed by a social hour to celebrate life in the Fraser Valley.Sincerely,Tim SmithPresident, Grand County Search & Rescue
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