The Ken Jones Memorial Fund at The Summit Foundation has raised a total of $71,375 from over 250 individuals and organizations from Summit County and throughout the country. The Fund was established immediately following Jones’ death, which occurred December 7 while fighting a fire near Copper Mountain Resort.
The Summit Foundation will give the full amount to Summit Fire & EMS Authority, who will work with Jones’ widow to provide the funds for family expenses and education for their two children.
"We have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity shown by both strangers and friends alike during this difficult time,” said Summit Fire & EMS Chief Jeff Berino. “Thanks to everyone who has helped in so many ways, including donating to the Ken Jones Memorial Fund.”
“A special thanks to The Summit Foundation. As we at Summit Fire & EMS were reeling from Firefighter Ken Jones' death and, quite frankly, overwhelmed with the immediate outpouring of support from the public, the Summit Foundation stepped forward and, as a non-profit organization, offered to receive the generous financial donations on behalf of Ken's family," continued Chief Jeff Berino. "Once again, this remarkable community organization truly lived up to its moniker as 'The Soul of the Summit.'"
“This is what our community is all about, being there for each other. Our sympathy to the family, the firefighters and all who are impacted.” said Jeanne Bistranin, Executive Director of The Summit Foundation. “The Foundation was proud to be able to step in and do our part during this difficult time.”
Future donations in memory of Ken Jones may now be made to the Ken Jones Memorial Fund, c/o Summit Fire & EMS, P.O. Box 4910, Frisco, CO 80443.