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Opinion: Happy trails to Squaw Fire Chief Pete Bansen

I read with regret in the Friday, March 24, edition of the Sierra Sun that Squaw Valley Fire Department Chief Pete Bansen is retiring.

Handwriting this note seems to convey to me my inner sincerity — maybe like a Middle Age handwritten bible, yes?

We are losing a great guy! Pete Bansen has been inherently helpful, from volunteer firefighter to important and dedicated public official, a friend indeed. He is here, also, for us locals; counseling, consoling, comforting, giving us his valuable time and energy when possible and when needed.

“Life has no blessing like a friend,” wrote ancient Greek philosopher Euripides.

No wonder Pete the chief built and gathered a fine, caring, professional Squaw Valley Fire Department team who, by immediate action, saved my life last September. Recovering at ICU at Renown Reno, I was hospitalized for 3 weeks after surgery.

Quasi — and sort of practically — I awakened from the dying and rose from the hospital bed. So be it. Lucky on the Truckee with gratitude!

Yorcki Wrakem

Olympic Valley