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Gianforte Announces Spirit of Montana Recipients: Devin Rich and Kiersten Bare from Kalispell

December 14, 2018
Press Release

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte recognized siblings Devin Rich and Kiersten Bare from Kalispell with his Spirit of Montana commendation for their compassion for the victims of California’s disastrous Woolsey and Camp fires and for their commitment to helping in the recovery.

Rich helped victims of the fire search through the ash and rubble where their homes stood to salvage items dear to them, and Bare worked to reunite lost pets with their owners.

Gianforte’s Spirit of Montana is a weekly recognition of Montanans for their accomplishments, dedication, or service. Gianforte highlights the recipient in the U.S. House of Representatives and personally contacts the honorees.

Gianforte encourages anyone to nominate Montanans for the Spirit of Montana award by contacting his office at 202-225-3211 or by e-mail at https://gianforte.house.gov/contact/email.

Gianforte’s statement in the Congressional Record follows:

RECOGNIZING DEVIN RICH AND KIERSTEN BARE FROM KALISPELL

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor siblings Devin Rich and Kiersten Bare of Kalispell for helping victims of the Woolsey and Camp fires recover from the devastation.

A graduate of Flathead High School, Devin lives in Marina del Rey, California. While the nearby Woolsey Fire roared in early November, he volunteered to help with the support efforts. Wearing protective gear and working in difficult circumstances, Devin helped victims of the fire search through the ash and rubble where their homes stood to salvage items dear to them.

Driven by her compassion for animals, Kiersten, who lives in Kalispell, worked to reunite lost pets with their owners. Kiersten spent hours online studying photos of the displaced animals to identify potential matches to help pet owners in their search.

The Woolsey and Camp fires devastated California this year, claiming nearly 90 lives and destroying more than 14,000 homes. Devin and Kiersten are among the generous Americans who answered the call to serve others in their time of need. I commend all the firefighters, first responders, support workers, and volunteers who saved lives and helped those impacted by these catastrophic fires.

Mr. Speaker, for their compassion for the victims of California’s disastrous Woolsey and Camp fires and their commitment to helping in the recovery, I recognize Devin Rich and Kiersten Bare for their spirit of Montana.