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Kaitlin Durbin

News Public Safety Reporter

Kaitlin Durbin covers public safety for The Gazette. The Ohio native joined the newspaper's staff in 2016. She previously worked in Mansfield, Ohio. You can reach Durbin at Kaitlin.durbin@gazette.com or by phone at 719-636-0362. Follow her on Twitter at @njKaitlinDurbin.

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Members of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado redo the front yard of the Flick family home for their day of service in honor of fallen deputy Micah Flick, on Friday, April 20, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Colorado's 6.6 Million-Acre Wildland Urban Interface, 2012 - The wildland-urban interface is any area where man-made improvements are built close to, or within, natural terraine and flammable vegetation, and where high potential for wildland fire exists.
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Jake Bywater, left, with the help of friend Leonard Lasco, right, knocks down hot spots Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in the remains of his 30-foot by 60-foot pole barn that burned in the 117 Fire. Bywater spent the night and day fighting the fire and putting out hot spots. Bywater saved his home but lost the barn, school bus, four boats and the 100-year-old homestead that he and his wife, Kim, had restored. The fire burned 23 homes and about 41,000 acres. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
airport fire
All flights were canceled at the Colorado Springs Airport after a late night fire. The United check-in area received heavy damage from water and falling ceiling tiles. Crews were working hard to fix damaged areas of the terminal on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in hopes the terminal could reopen as soon as possible, and maybe Wednesday. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
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Colorado Springs police chief Pete Carey, left, reads the rights of becoming the Colorado Springs youngest officer to Joshua Salmoiraghi, 4, as he was sworn in at the Colorado Springs Police Department on Tuesday April 17, 2018 in Colorado Springs. The rights included listening to his parents, eating his vegetables, hug his parents, sharing his toys and to remember to be brave and that he is loved by many. Salmoiraghi was diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Cancer (Wilm's Tumor) in 2017 and it returned in early 2018 and will start a new six-month regimen of chemotherapy.
Police shootout victim Thomas Villanueva fears he may be paralyzed from the waist down, but says he's "glad to be alive." He talked about his ordeal at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Center on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Photo by Hannah Tran, The Gazette
Police shootout victim Thomas Villanueva fears he may be paralyzed from the waist down, but says he's "glad to be alive." He talked about his ordeal at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Center on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Photo by Hannah Tran, The Gazette
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Jennifer Reali with defense investigator Jeanne Brooks during the trial for Brian Hood in 1991. Gazette/PPLD Special Collections