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Diversity,  It’s on Tap

On Nov 19, 2022 a 45 year old Army vet named Richard Fierro was with his wife Jessica,  their daughter Kassie,  and some friends at Club Q,  a gay bar in Colorado Springs.  They were on the dance floor when a man armed with an AR15 -type weapon entered the club and started shooting.

Fierro,  a Bronze Star recipient who had served 15 years in the military with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan,  showed his courage that night.  He and another patron tackled the shooter and brought him down.   Five people – including  Kassie Fierro’s boyfriend – died and two dozen were injured,  but the body count would have been much higher had Fierro not acted.  “I needed to save my family,”  he said later ,  “and my family at that time was everybody in that room.”

Richard and Jessica Fierro,  who are Latino,  are the owners of Atrevida Beer Company,  a Colorado Springs brewery.  They sell not only their craft beer,  but T-shirts and other merchandise that celebrate their philosophy of inclusion and bear the motto Diversity, It’s on Tap.

With hate crimes and mass shootings on the rise,  our country often seems more disunited than united,  but blessedly some of the good and the brave are still among us.

Richard & Jessica Fierro

– Dana Susan Lehrman

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  1. Khati Hendry says:

    Thanks for this positive reminder of the good we can be, despite being in the midst of the bad. It is a great story.

  2. Worth knowing – thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for providing a positive take on a negative incident. today, need to be reminded that there are many people we can trust, and most people create protective and supportive communities.

    • Thanx Richard. I was very taken by this Club Q story when it happened last year.
      Yes, a positive take – which is not easy to find lately, and altho Richard Fierro is one of the good guys, there are not enough of them.

      Anne Frank may have been wrong when she said people are basically good at heart.

  4. Laurie Levy says:

    Thanks, Dana, for sharing this story that illustrates the goodness of people. It’s often hard to remember in all of the divisiveness.

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