Running shirts a hot item to benefit emergency crews

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Posted on 15. Jul, 2002

Black Hills Pioneer – Monday, July 15, 2002

DEADWOOD – “We survived the Grizzly Gulch Fire” – a local couple is hoping to sell t-shirts imprinted with the phrase to raise big money for the local emergency crews who were first to arrive at the scene of the June 29 Deadwood fire.

“We added flames (and “We survived the Grizzly Gulch Fire”) to these t-shirts that we had printed to commemorate the first marathon on the Mickelson Trail that took place in June,” said Jerry Dunn of Spearfish. The money will benefit local volunteer fire departments, police departments and emergency personnel to up-grade equipment, said Dunn. They can purchase the “what they wished they would have had” items.

According to Dunn’s wife, Elaine Doll-Dunn, during the marathon everyone pitched in. “People of Deadwood and Lead gave us a lot of support,” she said

“Yes, we want to give back to the people that helped make the marathon a success,” said Dunn. “If they wouldn’t have been there,” said Doll-Dunn as she pauses and then alters her chain of thoughts. “The trail was saved and now there’s people to be thanked.”

The t-shirts are selling for $15 each with the proceeds going to a relief fund. More than $12 per shirt will be donated. The Dunns say they will recoup the cost of the shirt only. The remainder will be deposited in the fire fund set-up at the First Western Bank.

T-shirts can be purchased at all Northern Hills Fast Western Bank branches in Belle Fourche, Rapid City Piedmont, Sturgis, Spearfish, Wall, Deadwood and Lead or at Four Aces, and other casinos in Deadwood.

The Dunns expect to make their check presentation at the July 20 official “Thank You” firefighters celebration by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce. Dunn said all the firefighters will be invited back at that time. Further details about the celebration will be forthcoming.

“I will not run out of t-shirts,” said Dunn.


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