Story: Red Cross and Military are Close Comrades in Times of Disaster

Story and photos by Patricia Kemp

The Red Cross visited service members of the Army National Guard and Air Force who were stationed June 26 at the Papoose Spike Camp. The camp, located about 20 miles from Creede, Colorado, is a temporary home for the military and firefighters who can eat and rest when they’re not battling the West Fork Complex fire.

Fighting wildfires is a 24-7 operation to protect people, their homes and livestock, and service members appreciated the break to visit with Red Cross volunteers who brought water and supplies to the camp.

Colorado-based service members Staff Sgt. Shawn Riley, Specialist John Soper, Private 1st Class Ryan McKinney, Specialist Dane Kostl, Staff Sgt. James Castellano and Tech Sgt. Travis Tucker welcomed Red Cross volunteers Vangie Hansen and Jason Crutchley to the camp and thanked them for their support.

Colorado Wildfires
Colorado Wildfires
Colorado Wildfires

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