Honoring 3rd Anniversary Of Fires With Gumbo
Lost Pines Toyota dedicated this month’s Gumbo Friday to the third anniversary of the Bastrop County Complex Fires and the men and women who were instrumental in the recovery process.
“Look at all these happy people,” said dealership owner Carlos Liriano as he looked around the full showroom on Friday afternoon. “We are here today to celebrate the many blessings we have in our community.”
While addressing his guests of 50 or more community members, volunteer firefighters, and county officials, Liriano recognized some community leaders in the crowd, including Bastrop County judge Paul Pape and emergency coordinator Mike Fisher. “These men did a tremendous job in helping this community get through such a devastating time,” he said. “This was a big deal and they couldn’t have done it themselves.”
Since the most destructive wildfire in Texas history destroyed almost 1,700 homes and burned more than 34,000 acres of land in September of 2011, local organizations and volunteers have joined forces to put some of the pieces back together. Liriano asked Chris Files, Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team board president, and her team to join him as he spoke to the room.