Fire responders deserve thanks

Fire responders deserve thanks

My father, Dick Wilkins, husband Jason and I would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to several agencies for helping fight the wildfire Sunday.

People put their lives on the line to do everything in their power to stop the massive fire. On our land alone there were volunteer fire departments from Texico, Taiban, Melrose and Grady, and a tanker not identified. A road maintainer did his best to stop the fire from consuming all of our land.

We saw volunteer fire departments from all over eastern New Mexico as well as west Texas. They responded as fast as they got the call and worked until the job was done.

We’d like to thank the Clovis Fire Department, Portales Fire Department, and all responding volunteer fire departments.

Thank you also to Curry County Sheriff’s Department, New Mexico State Police, and New Mexico Department of Transportation for traffic control, and the Curry County road department for use of their equipment and road maintainers.

Thanks to our Curry County neighbors for moving our cattle out of the fire’s path. Thank you to all family and friends that called and offered help during this horrible situation.

Our grassland and most fences are a total loss, but we didn’t lose a single head of livestock or structure. Our horse and mule somehow escaped injury for those of you who saw the picture on the various news sites.

Saying thank you does not feel like enough, but we are forever grateful for what was done.