December 9, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 176 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
TRIBUTE TO MIKE ALSDORF
(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E2511] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TRIBUTE TO MIKE ALSDORF ______ HON. SCOTT McINNIS of colorado in the house of representatives Monday, December 8, 2003 Mr. McINNIS. Mr. Speaker, it is my honor to rise and pay tribute to my friend Mike Alsdorf. Mike is retiring after 25 years of devoted service with the Glenwood Springs, Colorado Fire Department. I have personally witnessed Mike's selfless and courageous service on behalf of the citizens of my hometown and I am proud to call his contributions to the attention of this body of Congress and our nation. As a firefighter and arson investigator, Mike's career has been defined by great ability and outstanding courage. Over a quarter century ago, Mike and I attended fireman training together. It was clear from the outset that Mike was a natural leader who would become an excellent fireman. In the face of danger, Mike has an uncanny ability to assume control and quickly orchestrate the best approach to any emergency. As an arson investigator, Mike used his vast knowledge, and his strong conviction, to prevent additional fires and ensure that justice was done. I have great respect for Mike's ability as a fireman and investigator. Mike served courageously in the face of some of the worst disasters ever to occur in the Mountain West. He fought bravely to protect his fellow citizens in the Rocky Mountain Gas Explosion, the fires on Storm King Mountain and the recent Coal Seam Fire of 2002. In addition to his work as a fireman, Mike continues to serve as a dedicated Red Cross Volunteer. In this capacity, Mike has worked to improve the Red Cross communications system, organized disaster assessment teams and provided victims of disasters with lodging, food, clothing and counseling. Mr. Speaker, it is my honor to rise and pay tribute to Mike Alsdorf. The citizens of Glenwood Springs are certainly better off as the result of Mike's tireless dedication to their safety. Mike will be missed as a member of the Glenwood Springs Fire Department. However, he will now have more time to spend with his four children, his beautiful wife Lynn and his many friends throughout Glenwood Springs. Thanks Mike. I appreciate your friendship and your service to our town. ____________________