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One thinks in life it could never happen to me. Those poor people on the South Shore. I live on the West Shore, so far away that it could never happen to me. Well, as I realized on Saturday, Aug. 18, it could happen to me. So very close was this raging fire, ready to claim my home and part of my life. The beautiful wilderness and trail system that I walk every day was going to be destroyed by an uncontrollable blaze of fire.

That did not happen. To thank for it is the dedicated firefighters in this area that have skill and expertise beyond our imaginations. You saved so much on this day that I could never thank you enough. My deepest gratitude, respect, and admiration for the job that you do will never be forgotten.

Those of us who live in Tahoe Park and were in close proximity to the fire on Washoe Way would like to give our heartfelt thanks to all of the firemen from near and far who saved our neighborhood. The speed in which the personnel jumped on this fire was amazing. “Thank You” just does not seem to be enough. We owe these men and women so much. We will always support you and your efforts to make our area safe. Thanks also to all of the Sheriff’s deputies and CHP who kept the streets clear for the equipment to get to the fire. We appreciate all of your help.

We knew almost all of the homeowners that lost their homes and belongings and our hearts go out to them. We all share in your loss, it could have been us as well as you. Thank God there was no injury or loss of life. For that we can be grateful.

Saturday afternoon, while performing the long-dreaded task of painting of my daughter’s bedroom, my wife beckoned, “there’s a lot of smoke outside!”

After 15 minutes of shouting and throwing our prized possessions into two vehicles my wife, daughter and I evacuated. Our home is about a 100 yards away from those who were not as fortunate as we are. Our hearts go out to them. Our deep appreciation and gratitude goes out to Bill Atchley and the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, the California Department of Forestry, the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol and the other mobilized agencies that were called in from out of town.

The coordinated and prompt effort of those who serve to protect our community was impressive. Their actions certainly minimized what could easily have been the type of devastation that occurred during the Angora Fire. Thank you for saving our homes.

We were born and raised in Tahoe City, went to Claudia’s nursery school, went to NTHS, left for college and now we have come back to the place we call home, Tahoe.

We all turned 30 this summer and it’s hard to believe we have spent most of our lives in the Basin. I have known these people my entire life and I have always known that they would do anything for me and during the fire they proved that. Saturday, when I couldn’t make it back to my house in Granlibakken to evacuate, my lifelong friends were there without hesitation. They filled four trucks with our belongings while the smoke and wind blew and the bombers flew over the treetops above our house. Not many people are as lucky as we are to have such close, wonderful friends. Friends that don’t need to call to ask if you need help, they just come. Friends that don’t ask for anything in return. Friends that are always there.

Friends that never change. The kind of people that only Tahoe can breed.

I love you guys with all my heart. Thank you.

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