Thank You letters

Friday, April 7, 2017 6:19 PM

Know Your Dough thanks Feed the Pig supportersKnow Your Dough thanks sponsor Vectra Bank, Sunnyside Elementary School and fourth-grade teachers for their support of the Feed the Pig event. We also thank Jody McAlister of Vectra Bank for volunteering at the event. The show of community support is encouraging, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve local youths.

Allison Andersen, executive director at Know Your Dough

Former Houston captain grateful for fire districtI want to thank the Durango Fire Protection District for its dedication and support in the aftermath of the passing of the Houston firefighter Cpt. “Iron Bill” Dowling.

After more than 38 years at the Houston Fire Department, my wife and I moved to Durango in October 2015. When Cpt. Dowling and his family moved here last year, I hoped Bill could fulfill a dream to become an active resident in Durango.

In early March, he passed away due to complications from injuries suffered during a fire in Houston in May 2013. As soon as it became aware, the Durango fire department promised to provide whatever services were needed to ensure that Cpt. Dowling and his family were well taken care of. It included a squad and a battalion chief to assist in the transport of Cpt. Dowling’s body to the mortuary, a fire apparatus to escort Cpt. Dowling’s body to Albuquerque to be flown to Houston for the funeral and the readiness to provide whatever other services were needed.

The members of Houston Fire Department Local Union 341, the Houston Fire Honor Guard, and all active and retired members of Houston Fire Department are greatly appreciative of the friendship extended by Durango firefighters, in particular Chief Hal Doughty and Deputy Chief Randy Black, who coordinated the department’s efforts. Durango residents should be aware of the high quality shown by Durango fire department.

We are blessed to have such a great group of dedicated men and women who serve us in the community.

Thank you also to the Colorado State Patrol, local police and the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office for its assistance escorting Cpt. Dowling’s body to Albuquerque.

Tip of the leather to all involved. Thanks for your service.

George Gober, retired Houston Fire Department Captain

Healthy Kids, Healthy Durango thanks votersOn behalf of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Durango campaign, thank you to the voters of Durango for their support of the health and well-being of the community, especially to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged community members. Our campaign worked together with dedicated volunteers for the “no” vote on 1A, and we thank each person who stood up for the health of the community.

For more than 60 years, Durango residents have received water fluoridation to help prevent tooth decay in children and adults. The same safe, trusted and effective process will continue to take place thanks to the support of local volunteers and campaign workers, many of whom included doctors, dentists and health professionals.

The campaign also thanks those who supported this effort. We received support from The Durango Herald editorial staff, Durango School District 9-R Board of Education and many local dental and medical professionals, as well as more than 100 community members who publicly showed their support for community health. We also received support from organizations focused on the health of our state, including Colorado Dental Association, Healthier Colorado and the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

Most importantly, we thank the residents of Durango who used their vote as a means to raise their voices on issues they care about, to support community-water fluoridation and the health and well-being of the community.

Sherrod Beall and Tony Palmer, co-chairs of Healthy Kids, Healthy Durango

Center for Independence thankful for new rampsWell-deserved kudos to the city of Durango and Colorado Department of Transportation for the five new wheelchair ramps on North Main Avenue.

We appreciate it, and we’re looking forward to more next year, with accessible sidewalks to go with them.

Martha Mason at Southwest Center for Independence