Help Bretlyn and Charlie
You can burn a home to ash, but not the love in it. You can suffer heartbreaking sorrow, and then awaken to a new day. You can crush, smother, and trample hope, yet hope will endure. The human spirit is indomitable and with courage will always find its way.
Since the onset of the Cold Springs Fire, we have experienced and witnessed a tremendous outpouring of love and support, hard work and courage, and hope for a new beginning.
For us, family and friends flew in from across the United States on a moment’s notice, to provide support, love, and helping hands to guide us through this tragedy. Coworkers and team mates, associates and colleagues, donated time, resources, and money to help us face the challenge of renewing our lives. Perfect strangers have joined with us and become friends, and continue to search for our dog (now arguably Nederland’s dog) Geno. Firefighters across the country have treated us like brother and sister, a true family. The generosity of all on our Go Fund Me site has been simply astounding. Words are not thanks enough.
For our community, hot shot crews and wildland firefighters from across the nation flew in, dug in, dropped slurry, bulldozed, created fire line, and bravely attempted to protect our neighbors from the ravages of wildfire. These men and women put their lives on the line, every fire and this fire. Words are not thanks enough.
Within our town, friends and strangers alike rallied to provide support for those among us who, like us, lost their homes. People rescued friends, families, dogs, cats, horses and livestock, at peril to themselves, when the evacuations were ordered. People donated meals and put up countless signs thanking and supporting the firefighting effort and our volunteers. People gathered at the high school and shared resources and information. Words are not thanks enough.
For our town, volunteer organizations from across the state and country responded to assist with property cleanup and restoration, providing hundreds of hours of back breaking labor. These people spent weeks covered with the soot and ash, with the remains of the hard work and dreams of others, because they cared enough to want to help. They continue to hold hands, give hugs, share prayers, and provide encouragement. Words are not thanks enough.
Thanks enough would be sharing this kindness, generosity, and love with others; thanks enough would be living with an attitude of gratitude; thanks enough would be paying it forward at every opportunity. We hope to begin each day anew thanking you enough.
Charlie and Bretlyn Schmidtmann
Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/07/11/married-nederland-firefighters-lose-house-in-cold-springs-fire/
Winston and Mel from KOOL 105:
Ashley Michels from FOX 31 News:
If I'm forgetting anyone, please let me know and we'll make sure to sing your praises.
In other news, Bretlyn and Charlie are doing well, considering the circumstances. We're all still on the look out for Geno, the St Bernard. Keep an eye for a goofy, giant fluffball running around - he's had a few days to make some distance by now.
Let's see if we can't keep this going just a little bit longer! You guys are amazing beyond belief!
You all are amazing. Thank you a million times over.
"Hey folks. I am super sorry we can't respond individually yet to all the love and support we're receiving. Words can't express how thankful we are. Please keep your hopes up for us to find Geno. Hug those you love. If you pray, pray that all the hardworking wildland firefighters fighting to put this one out stay safe. Thanks everybody."
Please pass on my condolences and my contact info! My house is currently right on the border of the fire, but if it's standing when this thing is contained, I'd happily open up my house to them. I have a spare room in my dream house, and I'd welcome them with open arms!
My husband and I live out in the country outside Berthoud - we have four empty bedrooms and a large barn. Would be happy to house you guys, and help however we can! We have plenty of room if you know of any other evacuees who need a place to go! Respond here or friend me on FB :)
This past weekend, a monstrous wildfire broke out in Nederland CO burning 600 acres of land currently still burning with 0% contained. Within this perimeter, the fires burned some homes and 3 miscellaneous buildings. One of these homes belonged to hard working volunteer firefighter and his family (Charlie Schmidtmann and Bretly) This dedicated volunteer firefighter lost his home and dogs while continuing to battle the unforgiving wildfires. Charlie and his wife has volunteered countless hours with the Nederland CO VFD, not expecting a dime in return. He has sacrificed his time, family and now home and pets to take care of the community. Let’s show him how much we appreciate and care for our Firefighters and give the thanks they all deserve for giving their generous and noble effort. While this will not make up for the loss he endured for his home and animals, we would like to give back a little. Please help us by donating today. George
It warms my heart to watch the donations for this family continue to rise. I had the pleasure of working with Charlie, something like a lifetime ago, but I have no doubt all of the support is not just for a family in need, but to give back a bit and remember what they do for our community, as well. May God bless you both and your pets.
Hi i was wondering if there was any pictures of the damage caused to the house as it gives a better idea of what kind of damage that this fire is capable of as i read about it here first http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_30112386/friends-raising-money-nederland-responders-who-lost-home?source=pkg
Hi Bretlyn and Charlie, sending love. Keep yourselves safe. Best wishes from Hull, England Uk
We are so very sorry you guys are going through this. We will keep you in our prayers. Stay safe!
Darby, there are. I don't know if I should be posting it or not. Tessa will check in later from work on her lunch break. Maybe that's something that can happen. BTW. You guys all totally rock. I'm impressed.