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High Country Auxiliary

By Pam Deck

Life is better with this giving organization. Sometimes we assume things just happen and everything just seems to get done. But this “behind the scenes” group knows that is not true. The High Country Auxiliary of Gilpin County is the heart behind things that need doing. 

They sponsor three big events each year to raise the needed funds. The big Pancake Breakfast which was Sunday, August 20 at the Gilpin County Fair, a Chili Supper & Silent Auction in March, and a Flea Market in June.

All funds benefit the Timberline Fire District and GCART (Gilpin County Animal Rescue Team). They support emergency personnel by providing meals to the firefighters during extended emergencies. Some of these include search and rescue and the fire last year near Nederland. They donated $16,000 for an EMT (Emergency Medical Training) certification training course for 30 firemen. They made dinners for the firefighters twice a week during their training classes. They also donated money for equipment and gear. Several years ago they bought an ATV for mountain rescues. Recently, they gave Timberline $16,500 for a new radio tower which improves the communication over the entire county during crisis events. Each year they donate six $100 awards that are given to individual firefighters for exemplary service. They spend $1,000 on kid’s promotional items such as firemen hats, coloring books, and badges that are used at the County Fair. These are just a few “behind the scenes” things they do.

The Auxiliary currently has 43 members, both men and women who are active, supportive members. The president, Susan Keim-Tamm said there were four new members just this month. They are always welcoming new members who want to get involved and help to encourage the safety of the entire community. This Auxiliary was started in the 1960’s as the need to help the volunteers who protect our mountain community from fire and other emergencies. They not only support them financially, but with practical needs that support the men and women who put their lives on the line. Auxiliaries are sister organizations that offer various types of support to service programs like Firefighters. Susan said there has been a decline in Auxiliaries around the USA in general, but is proud that HCA is a strong program.

We wish to thank the High Country Auxiliary for their many hours of service and support to our community. If you want more information or desire to join, please contact Susan at

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