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Denver family gives gifts to firefighters and officers to say thanks

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Saying thank you after a tragedy...

It's been two months since this Denver family's house caught fire. 

But as you can imagine, it's still something they are dealing with and recovering from. 

One December 12th of last year, Ashley Leistikow and her two boys, Chase and Conner, were home when a fire started around 1 in the morning. 

The Denver Volunteer Fire Department rushed to put out as much of the fire as they could. Denver EMTs on scene worked to save the family's two dogs. Sadly, their dog, Bowser , idn't survive. 

But thanks to EMT Kathy Bartel's efforts, the family's dog, Shadow, survived the fire. 

Denver Officer Matthew Root also assisted with the fire. 

Since this happened not long before Christmas, the Denver Fire Department and their spouses adopted this family for the holidays. They gave them toys and basic essentials they had lost in the fire. 

As a way to say thank you for all they did, Lestikow and her boys gave gifts to the EMTS, firefighters and officers this week. 

They gave them decorated wooden plaques and a picture frame. 

"They did everything so far above and beyond. There's no way we could have asked for anything better. Lestikow says. "They put their lives on the line for our family. They need to know how much we appreciate them." 

"They were kind, and they risked their lives to save ours," Chase says. 

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