Posted: Jul 8, 2012 9:06 PM by Zach Thaxton
Updated: Jul 9, 2012 6:28 AM
More than 100 residents of the Peregrine subdivision on Colorado Springs' northwest side gathered Sunday afternoon to participate in an historic photo opportunity to commemorate firefighters' success in saving their neighborhood from Colorado's most destructive wildfire ever.
The photo opportunity was organized by Peregrine Homeowners Association president Pam Maier. "We're living in the best place in the world," Maier said, despite scars from the Waldo Canyon Fire looming eerily over the neighborhood. Professional photographer Teresa Lee of Teresa Lee Photography snapped the historic photo. A resident of Peregrine herself, Lee says the entire event came together quickly, yet seamlessly. "There wasn't an official announcement. We spread the word and we were just thrilled that this many people came out to do it," Lee said.
Armed with American flags and a large banner that read 'Peregrine thanks its heroes,' residents gave personal thanks, hugs, and handshakes to a handful of firefighters from Wisconsin who agreed to pose for the photo, as well as a firefighter from Evergreen. "If it hadn't been for all these firefighters, the whole neighborhood would have been gone," said Peregrine resident Katey Castilla.