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Parker VFW Post destroyed by fire

May 27, 2019

PARKER — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post building in Parker was destroyed by fire Sunday morning. Officials say the structure is a total loss.

Post Commander John Maye said the organization will rebuild, as there has been a VFW Post on that site since 1945.

Maye said the fire started around 3:30 to 4 a.m. in the kitchen area. It quickly spread to the spaces between the multiple ceilings in the building. Firefighters were not able to get the blaze out until 8 a.m.

Firefighters from the Parker, Colorado River Indian Tribes and Buckskin Fire Departments responded to the fire. Some firefighters stayed on the scene after the fire was out in case it flared up again.

VFW Post 7061 is known for being active in the community. Along with the Freeman H. Sharp American Legion Post 70, they co-host veterans events at the Parker Cemetery on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

The post was created in 1945. It was named the Eddy May Post after Eddy May, a pilot was shot down and killed in World War II. His family purchased the property on which the post sits.

Maye said the post had a photo of May in his full dress uniform, and that was one of the items lost in the fire. He said he knew many people had taken photos of May’s portrait over the years, and he was asking if anyone who had a copy of the portrait could donate it to the post.

Maye said the post will rebuild. He added there’s been a VFW post in Parker for 74 years. He said they have a firm lined up to demolish the burned-out facility, and they’ve already been contacted by people who want to donate towards a new facility.

“We’ll survive,” he said. “We’ll rebuild.”

Maye’s wife, Judy Enrico-Maye said, “We’ll be like the phoenix that rises from the ashes.”

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