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Chief Hoffman

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Chief J.J. Hoffman, a Colorado native, is a forth generation firefighter in his family. J.J. has spent his whole life around the “fire business” He has worked both as a volunteer firefighter as well as a paid firefighter over the last 24 years of his life which included working as a regional wildland firefighter for many years, battling wildfires in numerous states across the U.S. He started his own landscape business that he ran for 20+ years that turned into one of the most desired companies in Boulder County and surrounding counties throughout the state. He was very well known for building natural water falls, including lakes and streams as well as outdoor patios and walls.

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He has had a very event full life besides firefighting, for many years he worked as an international sales agent selling horses oversees, some of which became world champions in the European market place. He has spent his entire life in a ranching and farming environment and surrounded by horses all his life, for which many years he showed horses all through the United States. He has also spent most of his life –self teaching himself to be a “jack of all trades” so to speak and only a master of a few, ha ha!!!

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He really enjoys the outdoors, including hunting and fishing. He is finally engaged after 10 years, with someday… maybe soon hopefully (his fiancée would tell you) popping the question!

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Pursuing a life in the fire industry- J.J. is a graduate from different classes at the National Fire Academy in Maryland, as well as numerous other areas in the field such as fire investigation, extrication, EMS, Incident Command and Management, fire suppression, rescue and many more!

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J.J. has enjoyed all the years in the fire service serving along side the brotherhood and sisterhood family that he has gained and looks forward to many more eventful years to come!

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[cell_text]Chief (far right) discusses the dangers of mountain driving and motor vehicle accidents, such as this accident on the North Saint Vrain[/cell_text]

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[cell_text]J.J. oversees some low angle rescue training[/cell_text]

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[cell_text]Chief Hoffman (far left) explains some additional techniques for extricating trapped victims of motor vehicle accidents[/cell_text]

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[cell_text]Chief Hoffman at the High Park Fire.[/cell_text]

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Paul Davidovich

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[cell_text]Assistant Chief Paul Davidovich arrived in Lyons area summer 2004. Paul retired from the Marine Corps in 2000. He then took his skills as a professional helicopter pilot to Bell Helicopters in Patuxent River, MD. He and his wife, Maureen, moved to Lyons to build their custom log home. Paul and Maureen shave their mountain home with their spoiled dog. When not at the firehouse Paul can be found doing district tasks for the department, fixing broken equipment and training the new firefighters. He enjoys welding and other hands on mechanical work when he manages to find free time away from the fire department. LFPD is lucky to have Assistant Chief Davidovich. [/cell_text]

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[cell_text]Paul checks for spot fires during a wildfire[/cell_text]

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[cell_text]Rich Palestro (left), Paul Davidovich (middle) and JJ Hoffman (right) watch their fellow volunteer firefighters learn the ins and outs of vehicle extrication[/cell_text]

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[cell_text]Paul digs out burning roots on a summer wildfire during the mop-up phase, after this grass fire had been extinguished[/cell_text]

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David Roth

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David Roth has lived on the front range of Colorado since 1988 while he was attending Colorado State University working on his graduate degree in chemistry. He moved to Lyons in 1994 and joined LFPD in 1998. He currently works at the US Geological Survey as a research chemist. He is married with 3 children. David enjoys hunting and fishing as well as hiking and rafting with his family and friends. He takes pleasure in the work he does but find volunteering on the fire department and giving back to the community especially rewarding.

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Mike Priess

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[cell_text]Michael Priess was born in Michigan, grew up in Illinois and now lives in Lyons, Colorado. He moved here from Boulder in 2001. Michael is married and has a son, who he enjoys skiing with during the winter. The rest of the year, Michael and his family travels when they can. He also enjoys biking, reading, history, aviation, transportation, as well as a variety of other things. When Michael is not working at the Lyons Fire Protection District, he is a data base administrator for a large insurance company based in Illinois. He has been a member of the Lyons Fire Protection District since July of 2001 and also serves on the Pension Board for the association. [/cell_text]

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[cell_text]Mike Priess oversees some new recruits with vehicle rescue training[/cell_text]

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[cell_text]Mike Priess, center, makes sure the HazMat Decon Team has a water supply to decontaminate firefighters after a barn full of chemicals caught fire.[/cell_text]

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Mark Stevenson

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[cell_text]Mark Stevenson has been a resident of Boulder County for over 20 years.  When he is not busy with his job in aviation sales or working with the fire department, Mark enjoys hiking, snowshoeing and photography in the Boulder County Open Space (where he also volunteers) or Rocky Mountain National Park. [/cell_text]

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[cell_text]Mark double checks a lowering system needed to get medically trained personnel down a hill to an injured patient.[/cell_text]

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Dustin Easley

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Dustin Easley has lived in Lyons since 2002, where he graduated from Lyons Middle/Senior High. He works year-round on the mitigation crew helping to reduce the potential fire danger within the fire district. In his free time, he enjoys tubing, fishing, target shooting, snowboarding, camping and pretty much anything that keeps him outdoors. Dustin also aids in the training of new firefighters, as he is very familiar with the LFPD district and policies.

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[cell_text]Dustin takes a breather after extinguishing a grass fire.[/cell_text]

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[cell_text]Dustin enjoys all aspects of training, such as this low angle rescue training off Highway 36.[/cell_text]

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[cell_text]Eric Bennett, far left, and Dustin Easley, Middle, exit the decontamination tent in their “bunny suits” after having been cleared by the Boulder County HazMat Team.[/cell_text]

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[cell_text]Dustin Showing the other crews where to go![/cell_text]

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Taylor Triolo

Taylor is a full time wildland firefighter for the Colorado State Forest Service. He started working with the state in January of 2009. He was with Berthoud Fire as a volunteer for about 5 years. He joined Lyons Fire Protection District to be a part of a true volunteer fire department. Berthoud Fire has gone to a career department and Taylor wanted to give back to the community by continuing to be a volunteer firefighter. He is a Colorado native, born in Boulder. He likes to participate in Martial Arts and in the summer, when Taylor is not on a fire dispatch, he can be found fishing with his wife, Melanie!

Taylor works on falling trees during a wildfire

Taylor shows off his martial arts skills

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Monique Whitener

Monique “Mo” joined Lyons Fire in 2010, with the desire to help the community and to gain the knowledge and experience of emergency services. Her passion is understanding and managing wildfires. Monique is the Wildland Coordinator for Lyons Fire. When she is not volunteering her time, Monique works for The Nature Conservancy on their Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module. In addition to wildland certifications, Monique is also a certified EMT and Structure Firefighter.

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Jon Stambaugh

[cell_text]Jon Stambaugh started firefighting in Alpharetta GA, at the age of 21. He is starting his 4th year as a firefighter. He is Wildland certified, FF1 certified, Swift Water I certified. He enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his son.     [/cell_text]

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Drew Gettel

Drew Gettel born and raised on a hog farm in Boulder County, began as a volunteer firefighter in 2009. In 2011 joined the Lyons Fire Protection District and is now a Structure, Wildland firefighter and EMT. He now works for Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control and is stationed at Lyons Fire. In his free time he enjoys going to the Mountains, fishing and four wheeling.