Crosses designed to raise both spirits, money

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From left, Black Forest residents Amanda Davis, Destiny Davis and Mikayla Crofoot stand with a cross they made for El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa from branches they cut off trees while doing fire mitigation on their property. The group, calling themselves Black Forest Colorado Crosses for Losses, has made dozens of the crosses and is selling them with all money raised going to Black Forest Fire Station 1. "It will certainly be in my back yard as a reminder of what Black Forest once was," Maketa said upon receiving the cross. Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette