Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, our 1st District Representative, has driven up from Boise to tour the areas hardest hit by the Clearwater Complex Fire and was kind enough to meet with our group of homeowners, citizens, and residents that have been fighting the blaze 24 hours a day since Friday night on Beaverslide, Tom Taha, and Kidder Ridge. Areas including Shenandoah Subdivision and Church Canyon. He is also going to tour Beaverslide, lower Tom Taha, Glenwood area, Adams Grade area, Caribel and more.
The Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings, the Idaho County Undersheriff Jim Gorges, County Commissioner “Skip” Brandt, County Commissioner Jim Chmelik, Lewis County Sheriff Brian Brokop and Rep. Labrador’s personal assistant are a part of the entourage, also a man that we did not get his name – I will try to update the post as soon as I nail it down. Undersheriff Jim Gorges, also the owner of American Freedom Defense, LLC, a firearms training company based on Kidder Ridge is giving the tour and guiding them through the areas that are the worst hit. He knows firsthand as he has been helping not just with the broad responsibilities of law enforcement coordination and but also has been battling flames side by side with fire teams, homeowners, and his neighbors. I was personally on a small blaze with him where he rushed in straight to the flames and began beating them out with his shovel.
Because of our whole house generator on our family farm we were able to pump water 24 hours a day and thus became a center of resident and citizen volunteer’s firefighting efforts, pumping thousands of gallons night and day on hotspots, blazes, and flare ups. Our property has been the sight of many trucks, ATVs, UTVs, pickups, trailer, tractors and such dispatching out to any cry for help or assistance or any time one of our patrols or spotters see a flare up night and day since Friday night. The group of volunteers and equipment has only grown day by day as more and more people show up. Our numbers of men, aid, food, and equipment were bolstered immensely by some great Americans and church group all the way from Texas showing up yesterday afternoon (see previous posts). A local church down there donated materials, equipment, and finances to help people in the local area. Also, John Leverkuhn owner of Jet Oilfield Services brought up trucks and equipment with drivers.
One man, Kelly Nichols, actually lost his job through a convulsion of circumstances when he expressed a desire to come help us. He has been on the fires since the day before yesterday shrugging off the loss and glad to help.
Rep. Raul Labrador was only too happy to meet locals and greet children and residents.
We are all proud of our local officials from Idaho County, especially our good neighbor Undersheriff Jim Gorges (We hope that he runs for sheriff when Doug Giddings retires) as well as “Skip” Brandt whom I have seen all over the place checking on people, helping, and listening to concerns. I, for one, am proud to have voted for them all in Idaho County. Sheriff Doug Giddings thanked all of us for what we did several times. Below us in the canyon over 40 homes were lost andUndersheriff Jim Gorges credited our group for saving at least three times that many. If it would have gotten past the head of those three canyons where our property is located there would have been no stopping it.
The response of the members of our team (some don’t live up here) everytime I thanked them for helping us was, “I was just riding for the brand.” These guys are awesome!
Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Rep. Raul Labrador (whom we voted for as well) for taking the time to stop by, see and listen. He mostly listened to each one speak and greeted each person individually with a sincere handshake or greeting. Summing it up to the entire group, “…Thank you all for what you are doing. This is what people are supposed to do is help their neighbors.” Rock on Rep. Raul Labrador we got your back!!!
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