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"The rain has subsided but the ...
"The rain has subsided but the overflowing rivers and flooded roads continue to pose a major hazard for evacuated families and emergency responders in the area," says Erin Mounsey, executive director of American Red Cross Northern Colorado Chapter.
Erin Mounsey, Executive ...
Erin Mounsey, Executive Director of Northern Colorado American Red Cross, will join Wes on the stage of the Symphony's July 4th concert to speak about the relief efforts for people affected by the High Park and other Colorado wildfires.
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Phone: (970) 226-5728 x226
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Erin Mounsey, executive ...
Erin Mounsey, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northern Colorado, is a convicted felon who has turned his life around to become a success story.
Erin Mounsey, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northern Colorado, is a convicted felon who has turned his life around to become a success story. / V. Richard Haro/The Coloradoan
Mounsey was a long way from holding the executive director post at the Northern Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross.
"I was just this train wreck of emotion looking for something to crash into," said Mounsey
Prison was a "big time-out" to "find myself again," he
was released after serving three years and two months, he
A short time later, he began volunteering for the American Red Cross, which assisted him and his family after the explosion.
successfully completed parole and pursued opportunities with the Red Cross
moved through the ranks to directing and reorganizing the transportation program before he
was selected among about 40 prospects for the Fort Collins-based executive director position in 2007.
We saw a lot of potential in Erin
Five years later, Mounsey
is well respected in the community.
gotten married and he
has been able to help many people.
Lacquer-thinner fumes caught a spark and the explosion was "like being inside a gas oven when it turns on," Mounsey
escaped through a window before paramedics arrived, but the flash-fire had already delivered severe burns to his
was given a less-than 10 percent chance of survival.
face looked "like Freddie Krueger looking back at me in the mirror," he
wanted to die.
pressed on, then he
developed problems with substance abuse.
The residence he
would burglarize around New Year's Day 2001 belonged to Nagler, who was granted a restraining order against him after he
left him after the explosion, which left her
with less-debilitating injuries.
admits what he
did was wrong, but he
was simply there to recover his
While in prison, he
said people were pessimistic, telling him it would be impossible to make it through five years of parole.
Guards didn't treat him any differently than anyone else despite his
The fire left Mounsey
missing fingertips and an index finger.
It took him two years to use buttons again, and it was 2½ years before he
could tie his
said it helped his
recovery to be treated like anyone else.
"I had a big change of perspective," he
is able to ride a snowboard and a bicycle.
finger can't accommodate a wedding ring.
wears a metal bracelet.
keeps busy with work.
is not only energetic, but he
tries to stay involved as much as possible to see through successes for not only the agency, but all the clients they serve," Love said.
"I know that he
is somebody who puts all of his
heart and soul into making the local chapter successful."
pain comes back every night.
Staples buried in his
arms sometimes reach bone; a previous bacterial infection in his
right shin delivers electric pain, and pulsating pains in either leg are a regular occurrence.
Asked what keeps him going, Mounsey
The office he
runs has three paid staff with more than 300 volunteers, and a core of about 15 to 20 regular volunteers.
has helped coordinate re-sources for such incidents as the recovery from a tornado incident in 2008 that affected Windsor residents.
"I like to think I'm an example of what can happen when people are given an opportunity," Mounsey