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Congratulations and thank you to retired firefighter Ray Gillan after 43 years …

Congratulations and thank you to retired firefighter Ray Gillan after 43 years ... 7

2020-09-28 19:48:29

🙌 Congratulations and thank you to retired firefighter Ray Gillan after 43 years of service. “He was one of those people that was just born to be a firefighter,” said fellow firefighter and president of the union at the flag ceremony. Firefighter Gillan was also a member of the union for his entire career. He was one of PFA’s first firefighters to become a certified EMT and was a strong supporter of the role of firefighters in emergency medical response at time when it was just emerging. “He never missed a chance to help anyone, on or off duty,” said another firefighter at the ceremony.

He was also a devoted safety educator. He operated the Safety House for years which was a moving trailer transformed to a miniature home meets interactive classroom. Thousands of second graders learned how to differentiate between a toy and hazard, what to do when the smoke alarm went off, and even practiced crawling across the floor and exiting a “bedroom” window.

His wife, four daughters, one son, and grandchildren attended his flag ceremony. After he received his flag, he presented each member of his family with a gift to honor the dedication and support they offered him through over four decades of long shifts and late-night calls. “I have said for a long time that I would retire from this job before I lost my positive attitude and joy in my work. I just didn’t know that it would take 42 years and that my body would give out before my heartfelt joy. I have lived and loved being a firefighter thanks to the men and women of PFA,” wrote Gillan.


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Congratulations and thank you to retired firefighter Ray Gillan after 43 years ... 9
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Good morning, Fort Collins, it’s snowing! Snow crews were called in at 1 a.m. to…

Good morning, Fort Collins, it's snowing! Snow crews were called in at 1 a.m. to... 11

2020-10-25 09:24:40

Good morning, Fort Collins, it’s snowing! ❄️Snow crews were called in at 1 a.m. to clear arterials and will continue operations throughout the day. Arterials may have light snow and ice. Fort Collins will see additional light snow through Monday morning. Please watch out for equipment, take your… More

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A Community Message from Fire Chief Tom DeMint Once again, responders and resid…

A Community Message from Fire Chief Tom DeMint
 Once again, responders and resid... 12

2020-10-24 17:28:44

A Community Message from Fire Chief Tom DeMint

Once again, responders and residents are spending a weekend awaiting updates on wildfires and watching the skies expecting smoke. A mountain wave wind event has caused the fires in our area to grow and impact nearby communities particularly the East…

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Today we pause to remember the life of Commerce City Detective Curt Holland, who…

Today we pause to remember the life of Commerce City Detective Curt Holland, who... 13

2020-10-24 14:43:01

Today we pause to remember the life of Commerce City Detective Curt Holland, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty last weekend. Our hearts are also with the loved ones of Francesca Dominguez who was struck and killed during this multi-vehicle crash as well. Our deepest condolences go out…

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