Let's all take a moment to honor the men and women who served with the Grand Junction Fire Department and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office over the years. Recent events got me thinking of local firefighters and deputies and inspired me to dig up these Bob Grant photos from yesteryear.

Last month, local firefighters aided in the rescue of an injured person in the Bangs Canyon area. This got me thinking about my grandpa's photos. Bob Grant lived on Little Park, not far from this area, and he and I used to walk around Bangs Canyon frequently. At one time, from what I hear, a relative of ours owned the Mica Mines.

My grandpa loved photographing local agencies at work. I'm sorry he wasn't alive to photograph this most recent rescue. He knew his way in and out of that area and would have been first on the scene.

In addition to being a fan of local first responders, Bob Grant was a huge fan of what used be called the "Flight for Life" helicopter at St. Mary's. He photographed that aircraft thousands of times.

Here's to you, Western Colorado firefighters and deputies. Bob Grant was a fan, and so am I. Here's hoping you enjoy a short video of those who wore the uniform back in the good old days. For more details on the recent rescue, see directly below.