After the fire

Fire Marshal Kathy Clay stands with Rusty Parrot Lodge co-owner Brandon Harrison the morning a fire burned the beloved lodge beyond repair. She handed him the American flag that Jackson Hole Fire/EMS crews saved from the building.

The Rusty Parrot Lodge experienced a devastating fire shortly before 11:30 p.m. Nov. 18. First and foremost, the Harrison family would like to extend gratitude for the heroic rescue, evacuation and firefighting efforts that ensured that no guests were injured.

We offer specific gratitude to the firefighters at the Jackson, Wilson, Adams Canyon, Hoback and Teton Village stations, to the town of Jackson Police Department, Teton County Dispatch, Teton County sheriffs’ deputies and the Citizen Emergency Responder Team for their rapid response and willingness to put themselves at risk to ensure the safety of our guests and to extinguish the fire. We are especially grateful for the heroic evacuation efforts of Officer Justin Lancaster.

We are grateful to everyone who is part of the Rusty Parrot family: our loyal employees, our treasured guests and the entire community of Jackson, which has supported us for almost 30 years. The outreach of love and support has been staggering and humbling.

Our immediate priorities are to take care of our outstanding team of employees and to ensure that our current and future guests are cared for. We are confident that the hospitality for which Jackson is known will ease the impacts of pending travel disruption.

Because we can’t imagine life without the Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa and all of the incredible people it has brought into our lives, we look forward to the process of rebuilding. We especially look forward to creating more memories with you ... to celebrating more anniversaries and honeymoons, more birthdays and first dates. Finally, we look forward to remaining part of your lives.

We’d love to hear your memories and what you’re looking forward to as we rebuild. Please share with us on social media at #rustyparrot and #rustyparrotmemories.

Heidi Harrison and her family are owners of the Rusty Parrot Lodge. Guest Shots are solely the opinion of their authors.

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