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Amdur’s dream about to become a reality

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The 18-year-old is now a full-fledged firefighter after graduating from the EFR academy

By Deb Hurley Brobst

It’s been three weeks of graduations for Evergreen resident Mike Amdur.

The 18-year-old graduated from Evergreen High School in mid-May and from the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Academy on Saturday. Now a full-fledged firefighter, Amdur will spend the summer running fire calls before he travels for a year. Then he plans to attend college.

Amdur, wearing an EFR T-shirt and drinking from an EFR water bottle, said he’s wanted to be a firefighter since he was born. His dad, who died four years ago of brain cancer, had worked with the Alpine Rescue Team and was an EMT in Clear Creek County.

His mom, Diane, agreed that firefighting was in Amdur’s blood. She said when Amdur was 7 or 8, he kept a well-stocked first-aid kit in the garage and when neighborhood children were injured while playing, he would patch them up and walk them home.

“It’s been in his heart since he was young,” Diane said. “He’s a giver. He’s just that way.”

Amdur used his time in high school to help prepare for his eventual firefighting career. As a sophomore, he was part of a firefighting cadet program; as a junior he attended the Warren Tech fire science program. So, by his senior year, he was ready for the challenges the fire academy brought.

Amdur said balancing the fire academy with his high school senior year had its challenges, but it taught him one thing: “When you have a goal and want to reach that goal, you can accomplish anything.”

His friends thought it was cool, and his teachers were astonished by his double life, he said.

“The principal even gave me a shout out at graduation,” Amdur said. “He was talking about how proud he was of us.”

He enjoys the diversity of the job, never knowing what a call will bring, and the adrenaline rush. And he likes helping others.

“Helping people is what I want to do,” he said. “Protecting lives and the forest in Evergreen is the best experience.”

He said his father’s death taught him that life was too short to wait to do something you want to do.

“Something positive came out of such a negative event,” he said.

Contact Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1041. Check www.CanyonCourier.com for updates.