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Neighbors helping neighbors

Wetmore fire heroes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - Hope and help is pouring in to help put out the Wetmore fire and to insure that those who evacuated don't have their property burglarized while they are gone.  Canon City Police are among the agencies that have been patrolling the evacuation zone while the fire is being fought.

Reserve Canon City Police Officer Chris Carr is proud to be part of this army of help for those in Wetmore.  He told me, "It's about helping people.  It makes you feel really good that people can sleep better."  Officer Carr and others from his force were among those helping to escort evacuees into their homes and take out what's needed.  

Stan Lueck lives near the fire zone and was not evacuated but had to help his neighbors in whatever way possible.  He told me, "i'm here to help whatever they want.  I'm not a firefighter but i can haul people around, do errands or whatever they want me to do."  Lueck talked about what his neighbors are going through right now, "They're scared and they're nervous.  It's a terrible experience to go through, just like the Waldo fire.  Whatever comfort we can give them whatever we can do to help,  we want to do it"

Ultimately it's about neighbor helping neighbor.  It's a Southern Colorado can do spirit that brought a lot of cool and calm to a hot fire zone. 

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