Heroes Among Us: Portraits of First Responders

    Meet a handful of first responders, representatives of the thousands in our community who give their best when the worst comes calling.

    five first responder portraits

    Maybe they’re different from the rest of us. They routinely put their lives on the line for people they don’t know, will never know. They’re on call, some 24-7. They see more bad in one day than most of us see in a lifetime. And even though they wade into the worst moments of people’s lives—fires, shootings, life-changing accidents and threats of imminent death—many of them simply shrug when you thank them for their service. It’s the job, they say. Gratitude isn’t required, they say.

    “I’m just a dude,” says Eric Zanotto, a wildland firefighter. “Really, I’m just a dude.”

    Meet a handful of first responders, representatives of the thousands in our community who give their best when the worst comes calling.

    Start with this behind the scenes video from photographer Aaron Anderson; then link to the individual profiles below.

    Springs Magazine BTS from Aaron Anderson on Vimeo.


     

    First Responders: Brooks Dillahunty, Flight for Life medic

    BROOKS DILLAHUNTY
    Flight Paramedic
    Flight for Life Colorado

     


    First Responders: Fire Battalion Chief behind the steering wheel

    JAYME MCCONNELLOGUE
    Battalion Chief
    Colorado Springs Fire Department

     


    First Responders: Armando Newell, SWAT Team officer

    ARMANDO NEWELL
    Police Officer, SWAT Team
    Colorado Springs Police Department

     


    First Responders: Teresa Burgess, El Paso County Search and Rescue

    TERESA BURGESS
    Rescue Member
    El Paso County Search and Rescue

     


    First Responders: Eric Zanotto, District Fire Management Officer, US Forest Service

    ERIC ZANOTTO
    District Fire Management Officer
    U.S. Forest Service

     

    —T.D. Mobley-Martinez. Photography by Aaron Anderson.

     

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