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- March 27, 2014
- Posted by Christopher Kucich
As the Western Wildlands MCC headed to Bozeman for WAFA training, we were sidetracked by a serious snowstorm! Stuck in Missoula for what seems like my first snow day in many years, it could have been a lot worse, at least I felt so then. After five days with Wild Bill, learning First Aid training traversing scenarios, and meeting a helicopter paramedic team, we came back home to a Missoula buried in snow and grief. The avalanche on Mount Jumbo hit pretty close to home for me, having lived in Missoula for the last six years. I’ve spent many days on the mountains in our valley and each one of them holds a special place in my heart. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to serve my community by helping clean up after the avalanche and help recover some of the belongings of those afflicted by the disaster. I have never seen anything like the destruction and desolation that an avalanche left in its wake, and really had no idea of their true power until one hit so close to my home. My prayers and thoughts go out to the families of those burdened with this harsh turn of seasons.
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