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Pikes Peak Chapter Members Support County Joint Information Center During Fire

Thirteen members of PRSA’s Pikes Peak Chapter assisted during the recent Black Forest Fire by serving in the El Paso County Joint Information Center (JIC). The JIC handled communications with both the media and members of the public from Tuesday, June 12, through Friday, June 21. It was open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

PRSA members volunteering were:

  • Steve Berry, APR – Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Mark Murphy, APR – Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Fred Morgan, APR, Fellow PRSA – Colorado Springs CCN
  • Janet Rummel – Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Mike Pierson – Air Force Space Command
  • Amy Sufak and staff – Red Energy Public Relations
  • Jeanne Cotter – Pikes Peak Workforce Center
  • Mary Beth Burchin – YMCA
  • Paul Fanning, APR – Board of Water Works of Pueblo
  • Katie Carrol, APR – The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado
  • Stacy Cochran – Missile Defense Agency Integration and Operations Center
  • Keri Funkhouser – Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado
  • John Leavitt, APR – City of Aurora

The Black Forest Fire – the most destructive in Colorado history – began near Highway 83 and Stoup Road around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11. Two people died in the fire, which burned 14,280 acres and destroyed 511 homes. Some 13,000 homes and 38,000 people were evacuated during the fire.

- Fred Morgan, APR, Fellow PRSA