First Responders Banquet to Honor Local Firefighters and Ambulance Crews

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Local community leaders, business operators, residents and non-profit groups can help assist and honor two vital emergency service groups by participating in Teller County’s first annual First Responders Banquet.

The complete proceeds of the event will go to the Northeast Teller County Fire Protection District and the Ute Pass Regional Ambulance District, two groups that have dealt with an explosion in calls for service due to the growth of the area. Plus, new funding realities for fire and ambulance districts in the region and state, have challenged both organizations.

The banquet will be held on Sep. 24 at The Sanctuary, 800 Gospel Truth Way in Woodland Park, starting at 5 p.m. The banquet, which has been under consideration for some time, is being organized by Woodland Park Mayor Neil Levy, in collaboration with other first-responder leaders in the northern Teller region.

Deb Miller, president of the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, will emcee the event.. Meanwhile, Andrew Womacks Ministries (AWM) is funding the event and footing the bill for the promotional costs. AWM has agreed to offer the complete use of its Woodland Park facility, as well as providing the tax-deductible receipts to donors and table sponsors for the banquet..

According to event organizers, the banquet “is an opportunity for the government, residents, businesses, and nonprofits of Woodland Park and Teller County to recognize our first responders’ service to their communities and their county and to honor them” during this first ever event.

More importantly, 100 percent of the funds raised from the banquet will go to the Northeast Teller County Fire District and the Ute Pass Ambulance District, who are being asked to serve a growing Teller County.

The driving force behind the event resulted from the recommendations of a first responders committee, comprised of Levy and key emergency service leaders in Teller County.

Besides offering an opportunity to help these groups out financially, the event provides an opportunity to join other leaders in the county in sending the first responders a clear message that they are appreciated and their service is valued. According to event organizers, “these men and women put their lives on the line each day—whether they serve through the police, fire or ambulance services, and this banquet is just one way for us to come together to say ‘thank you.’ So, even if you already donate to the directly, let us honor them face-to-face.”

And with some of the funding dilemmas facing both groups, capped by limited tax revenue and the impacts of the affordable health care law, this is an ideal opportunity to help both the local fire and ambulance districts.

The event committee and local leaders hope to turn this into an annual banquet to honor and help Teller’s first-responders. .

Donations and table sponsorships will receive a tax-deductible receipt from Andrew Wommack Ministries, which will account for and disburse all funds. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the banquet will be donated directly to the Northeast Teller County Fire District and the Ute Pass Ambulance District, with 50 percent going to each organization.

The deadline for registering is Sept. 16. Banquet participants can help this cause by purchasing a variety of table options, or buying an individual seat or by making a general donation. First-responders can attend the event for free, along with a guest.

The event is open to everyone in the community. However, no child care will be provided during the banquet.

For more information and to register, visit or call AWM donation services at 719-955-5448.