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ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
FALL CROSS COUNTRY TRIP 2016
September 2, 2016 - October 27, 2016
7 - OUR GREAT CROSS COUNTRY TRIP 2016
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|DAY 47 - OCT 18 - TUESDAY
After a nice visit, we said good bye to Robyn's sister in Chama, NM and headed for Colorado. Last year, we were out here and made a stop at the IAFF National Fallen Firefighter's Memorial in Colorado Springs only to find it was undergoing a complete renovation and was closed to visitors.
This time we were fortunate to find it complete, beautiful, and open. We located the name of Captain Donald E Souza on the 2001 wall section. Captain Souza, known as "Snuffy" to everyone, was a member of my fire department back home (Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department). He was a founding member of IAFF Local 2346. He sustained a career ending injury on duty and died as a result of it several years later, making it a Line of Duty death. The only member of our department to be recognized on the wall in Colorado Springs.
We paid our respects to Snuffy, and so many others who have paid the ultimate price from the inception of the IAFF in 1918 through present day. The sad realization is that this International memorial was expanded to make room for many more, yet to be named, brave men and women who one day will not go home from work. Reality check. The memorial is beautiful, and should be visited when in the Colorado area.
We spent Night 47 in a campground we had stayed in last year just south of Colorado Springs in Fountain, CO.
|STATES: NM, CO - (2) States today / (26) different States & (4) Provinces so far|
|DISTANCE: 248 miles for the Day / 9, 237 miles for the Trip so far.|
|FIREBOATS: (90) so far|
The scenic train. We took a ride on this last year.
The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial at Colorado Springs, CO.