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‘Local legend and hero’

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The Congressional Record of the House of Representatives now includes the following regarding Greater Eagle Fire Protection District Chief Jon Jon Asper.Congressional RecordHouse of RepresentativesPAYING TRIBUTE TO JON ASPER – HON. CONGRESSMAN McINNIS(Extensions of Remarks – October 13, 2004)HON. CONGRESSMAN McINNISOF COLORADOIN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESOctober 13, 2004Mr. Speaker, to place your life in danger for the sake of others is an honorable and noble task, and that is exactly what firefighters do regularly. Chief Jon Asper of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District is a local legend and hero whose main goal in life is to serve his community to the best of his abilities. Jon’s efforts are certainly commendable and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for the important role that he has played in protecting and serving the people of Colorado.”Jon Jon,” as he is affectionately known, has volunteered his time to the Eagle Volunteer Fire Department for nearly twenty years. He has held various positions with the department, including Public Relations Officer, Fire Prevention Officer, Second Lieutenant Training Officer, and Operations Captain, before becoming chief of the department. He has also spent a career in business as the owner of Winterhawk Establishment, and as a friendly bartender and bar manager for a number of local establishments.Going above and beyond his duty as a firefighter is par for the course when it comes to Jon. He is constantly trying to make himself a better firefighter and stronger leader of his crew, taking numerous Continuing Education classes towards a degree in Fire Science Technology. He has also been an instrumental figure in the Eagle County Firefighter Academy and in providing a Drivers Education Class. Jon and his crew’s hard work and training have paid off numerous times in battling forest fires, especially during the Ute Creek Fire in the Summer of 2002. In 2002, the Department received the Daily Point of Light Award, from the Points of Light Foundations, which honors individuals and volunteer groups that have made a commitment to connect Americans through service to help meet critical needs in their communities. Mr. Speaker, Jon Asper acts with great commitment and leadership in all that he does for his community as Chief of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District. Jon never forgot that safety and protection came first and foremost for the people he served. It is my pleasure to recognize Jon before this body of Congress and this nation. I would like to extend my appreciation to him for everything that he has done and wish him the best in his future endeavors.Vail, Colorado

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