COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - A special Thanksgiving this year for one Mountain Shadows family, especially because of the Waldo Canyon fire. Sharon Vrooman lives on Vantage Drive. Her home was damaged but not destroyed. Her neighbors weren't so lucky.
She told me on this Thanksgiving she's giving thanks for the community rallying together during and after the Waldo Canyon wildfire. She also said, "Of course when your house is saved you have a little bit of guilt. Why did my house burn down when they lost everything. However, none of my neighbors are feeling that way. They are happy our houses weren't burned down. They are sad about their homes but most are going to rebuild."
The sounds of drills and other building was going on behind Sharon's home during our interview and her turkey day meal with family and friends. You could feel a sort of electricity in the air even during the holiday meal. It was the excitement of hers and other Mountain Shadows neighborhoods rising from the ashes of the fire.
Sharon also told me after the fire she's taking nothing for granted, "When you live up here they tell you it might burn. I thought it can't but it did. Then they tell you to be careful and put sandbags down for the possibility of floods. Well, I've got the sandbags."