faces of the firefight

Nick Miller of Swan Valley Helitack.

With the arrival today of wintry weather, the Little Horsethief Fire is becoming a distant memory (except for those left footing the bill).

After preparing to evacuate his home in the heat of the fight last month, photographer Taylor Glenn decided to document some of the crews working to protect Jackson. Like he has done in the past with end-of-ski-season antics, Glenn shot portraits of the firefighters. He captured about 90 in all and has posted a gallery on his blog, It’s What We Do Here.

In the men and women who made up the firefighter teams, some 700 in all from Teton County and around the West, he found “real life heroes.” He writes:

These folks are extremely dedicated and very humble. … It was a great experience to meet them and learn about their occupations. It takes a tremendous amount of team work across many organizations to manage an incident.

Also, as Glenn’s photos attest, firefighters have great facial hair.

For anyone looking to support Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, there will be two events in the coming weeks to help replace the engine lost in the Horsethief blaze: a BBQ dinner Oct. 13 at the Elks Lodge and the annual Fireman’s Ball on Nov. 17.

And Friends of Pathways and Teton Freedom Riders have organized a volunteer day Saturday to repair Snow King-area trails affected by the fire.

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