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Volunteer who joined Red Cross during Black Forest Fire deploying to Washington

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Red Cross of Colorado is sending two volunteers to a fire stricken community in Washington state, including one from the Pikes Peak Chapter.

Dana Goldsmith began volunteering at the start of the Black Forest Fire in June 2013.

"I know that the people in eastern Washington are suffering," Goldsmith said. "Some of their volunteers helped us during the Black Forest Fire so I am excited that I will be able to help them get through this disaster."

Goldsmith will be working in the central Washington city of Wenatchee.

A volunteer from the Western Colorado Chapter is also headed to Wenatchee.

Les Orser will support the disaster mental health team. Orser has been a Red Cross volunteer since 2012. This will be his 11th disaster deployment.

"Deploying to a disaster is never easy," said Gino Greco, CEO for the Colorado & Wyoming Region. "We are proud that our volunteers have stepped up to help."

Typical disaster deployment is 14 to 21 days depending on the needs of the disaster area and the availability of the volunteer.

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