Help Bretlyn and Charlie

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Bretlyn Schmidtmann
on behalf of Charlie Schmidtmann
 LAFAYETTE, CO
Bretlyn and Charlie Schmidtmann are staples in the EMS community. Today they lost their house, property, and one of their amazing dogs in a wildfire in Nederland, CO. They've helped every single one of us at sometime, now it's our turn the help them. Let's show them how much our emergency services family loves them. Any help you can give would be much appreciated.
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Dear Family, Friends, and Community,

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.



Sincerely,
Charlie and Bretlyn Schmidtmann
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I want to do a special shout out to the media that's been so kind and done so much to help us promote our cause:

Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/07/11/married-nederland-firefighters-lose-house-in-cold-springs-fire/

Daily Camera:
http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_30112386

9 News:
http://www.9news.com/news/local/wildfires/cold-springs-fire-first-responder-loses-home-to-blaze/268913908

7 News:
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/wildfire/cold-springs-fire-firefighter-finds-lost-dog-hours-after-his-home-burns?autoplay=true

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/wildfire/community-works-to-help-firefighter-couple-who-lost-home-in-cold-springs-fire

Winston and Mel from KOOL 105:
https://www.facebook.com/WinstonandMel/?fref=nf

Ashley Michels from FOX 31 News:
http://kdvr.com/2016/07/10/firefighter-loses-home-in-cold-springs-fire/

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!
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The response to this is just stunning. There are no words to explain how grateful we are for this out-pouring of love and support. When I started this page, I thought we would have been lucky to reach our original goal of $10,000!

You all are amazing. Thank you a million times over.
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Wow, this support is so far beyond unbelievable I don't even know what to call it! I raised the goal because... why not? Go big or go home :-) More importantly, Bretlyn was able to check in with us.

"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."
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Cyndi Tacito
23 months ago

Bretlyn and Charlie, I have a home on Camp Eden Road (just outside of Wondervu), that is vacant, and furnished, you are welcome to stay as long as you need. Please call and I can give you details. 847-922-7709. Cyndi Tacito

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Kaitlin Silbaugh
23 months ago

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!

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Lia Gabriella Feldman
23 months ago

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 :)

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Len Szymanski
23 months ago

Hi Bretlyn & Charlie - We have a home in Pinecliffe that should work for you. It is furnished and has an active Internet connection provided by Mountain Broadband. You can reach me anytime at 630-605-0341. Len Szymanski

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Kris Winston
23 months ago

Sorry for your loss. All of us at KOOL 105 want you to know how much we appreciate your sacrifice. Btw, we've shared you GoFundMe page on the KOOL 105 and the Winston and Mel Facebook page.

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George Lnyc
23 months ago
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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

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Dawn Kennedy-Morris
23 months ago
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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.

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Kristen McFarland
23 months ago
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Like the one donor said in his comment: "This is where give back happens..."!

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Paulette Martin
23 months ago
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VERY sorry for your loss of home AND your fur baby. Hope your St. Bernard is still alive. Saying a prayer, you find him.

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Darby Welch
23 months ago
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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

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Brittany Flores-Zamora
23 months ago

Prayers

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Maureen Lockyer
23 months ago

Hi Bretlyn and Charlie, sending love. Keep yourselves safe. Best wishes from Hull, England Uk

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Carol Pacifico Lewis
23 months ago

We are so very sorry you guys are going through this. We will keep you in our prayers. Stay safe!

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Seth Miller
23 months ago

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.

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Cyndi Tacito
23 months ago

Bretlyn and Charlie, I have a home on Camp Eden Road (just outside of Wondervu), that is vacant, and furnished, you are welcome to stay as long as you need. Please call and I can give you details. 847-922-7709. Cyndi Tacito

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Kaitlin Silbaugh
23 months ago

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!

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Lia Gabriella Feldman
23 months ago

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 :)

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Len Szymanski
23 months ago

Hi Bretlyn & Charlie - We have a home in Pinecliffe that should work for you. It is furnished and has an active Internet connection provided by Mountain Broadband. You can reach me anytime at 630-605-0341. Len Szymanski

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Kris Winston
23 months ago

Sorry for your loss. All of us at KOOL 105 want you to know how much we appreciate your sacrifice. Btw, we've shared you GoFundMe page on the KOOL 105 and the Winston and Mel Facebook page.

+ Read More
George Lnyc
23 months ago
3
3

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

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Dawn Kennedy-Morris
23 months ago
2
2

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.

+ Read More
Kristen McFarland
23 months ago
2
2

Like the one donor said in his comment: "This is where give back happens..."!

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Paulette Martin
23 months ago
1
1

VERY sorry for your loss of home AND your fur baby. Hope your St. Bernard is still alive. Saying a prayer, you find him.

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Darby Welch
23 months ago
1
1

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

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Brittany Flores-Zamora
23 months ago

Prayers

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Maureen Lockyer
23 months ago

Hi Bretlyn and Charlie, sending love. Keep yourselves safe. Best wishes from Hull, England Uk

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Carol Pacifico Lewis
23 months ago

We are so very sorry you guys are going through this. We will keep you in our prayers. Stay safe!

+ Read More
Seth Miller
23 months ago

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.

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