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A Thank You Letter

(from Retired Fountain Fire Chief Darin Anstine)

 

May 25, 2018

Today is my last day of work after 32 years of service with the City of Fountain Fire Department. As I retire, I need to send a few genuine thanks.

There are so many people, that it is nearly impossible to thank and name each one individually, but know that although I may have missed telling you thank you in person, I know all you did for me and words just cannot express my feelings of thanks.

To Our Citizens - I want to thank the citizens I have sworn to protect. You all have been supportive of the fire department and I so much appreciated that. I have been with you at times that were often the worst days in your life. I have been there when your home was on fire, when a family member was sick, or when you had an accident. I assisted with the delivery of your babies, educated your children, made sure your homes were safe, and held your hand while you grieved. Many of nights I didn't sleep and even cried after I returned home, because I was with you when your loved one passed away. Often times I think about you and your family. The personal connection with you is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job and I thank you for letting me be part of your life; during good times and the unfortunate sad times. I also thank you for the support you provided me, it means more to me than you can imagine.

City Employees - I would like to thank all city employees. As I advanced through my career I have worked with many of you. I am pleased to have been able to have good relationships with other city employees and departments. Even during tough times we have worked together to provide the best services to the citizens. These relationships not only make our departments stronger, but the entire city stronger. Too often the great work you do goes unnoticed. You all have taken pride in the work you do and please accept my thanks for a job well done. The fire department could have never operated efficiently without your assistance.

Public Safety First Responder Professionals - No single jurisdiction can provide all the public safety services needed. I want to thank our mutual aid fire partners: Security FD, Hanover FD, Stratmoor Hills FD, Fort Carson FD, Ellicott FD and all the other fire departments that came to help us when we needed you. Fountain police officers, El Paso County sheriff's deputies and the Colorado State Patrol, all of you law enforcement officers kept me and my firefighters from harm on numerous occasions, I applaud you all.

The 911 dispatchers and call takers, American Medical Response paramedics, emergency management officials for Fountain, Colorado Springs and El Paso County, Memorial (UCHealth) and Penrose, what amazing staff you all have. It's this large group of public safety professionals that network daily and support each other to make our response system so effective. Together we are strong. Thank you for the support you provided me, my fire department and the City of Fountain.

City Administration and Council - I have worked for six mayors, five city managers, many department heads and city councilmembers. While each administration is different and faces different challenges, the common thread is teamwork. We all strive to make Fountain the best place to live, work and play. I am excited to see the city continue to move forward. You were there to support me, challenge me, teach me, and allow me to grow as a Fire Chief and a person. It has been a true privilege to work with such a fantastic group of professionals. Thank you.

Fire Department Members – To the men and women that serve on the fire department, your support over my 18 years as chief has allowed us to achieve amazing things. We have improved and strengthened the department, our response, and prepared for the future. We created paramedic ambulance transport, received new firefighting apparatus and built two new firehouses, just to name a few of our many accomplishments. Most importantly, we saved countless lives and people's property! I couldn't be more proud of all of us. The fire department is a family. Saying goodbye to you is the hardest. I will miss you all greatly. As I retire, I am pleased with the younger generation coming up. They are enthusiastic and committed to serve.

It has been a great journey and I am truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to have a career with the City of Fountain and serve the wonderful citizens, visitors and animals here.

In sincerity,

Darin Anstine, Retired Fountain Fire Chief

 

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