It’s been one year since the Town of Firestone was rocked by the tragedy that claimed the lives of two beloved community members and brothers-in-law, Joey Irwin and Mark Martinez. Joey, a master plumber, and Mark, a foreman in the Public Works department for the Town of Firestone, were lifelong Carbon Valley residents.
This morning, Firestone’s new Mayor, Bobbi Sindelar, led a group of Town staff, trustees, family, friends and first responders, in a brief remembrance ceremony at Miners Park that included the lowering of the flags to half-staff in honor of Mark and Joey. Her inspirational message acknowledged the enormous loss that the Town has faced in the last year and highlighted the victims as the embodiment of the very best of Firestone.
The Mayor also wrote the following letter to express her heartfelt gratitude to the entire Firestone community for its support over the last 12 months.
I want to thank everyone who has stood with us in the last year, and who has supported our town, and our residents. We have, undoubtedly, faced an enormous loss.
The last year has been one of processing the events of April 17, 2017, providing the community ways to honor the Irwin and Martinez families and supporting our community on its path of healing. I think what we have seen at events in the last year is a testament to what Firestone is, and will always be‑‑and that is, at its heart, a community of families, neighbors and friends that come together not only to celebrate life’s joys but to find strength in its challenges.
In many ways, Joey Irwin and Mark Martinez were community members that embodied the best of who we are: demonstrating an unfailing willingness to help, to show up for others, and to take the time to join together to celebrate, to laugh, to smile, whether it be at a wedding, a softball game or simply at the end of the driveway on a Saturday afternoon. This is much of what we still celebrate and hold important in Firestone and the Carbon Valley community.
It can seem a challenge to find that type of place these days, but in the year that has passed it seems evident, and fitting, that the legacies of Joey and Mark will be, in large part, reminding us of why this area is so special to so many.
With appreciation for your ongoing support,
Mayor of Firestone