Camron Vollbrecht was on top of a mountain when he got the call he was going to be Superior’s next fire chief.
“I was in northwestern Colorado on an elk hunt with some buddies from college,” said Vollbrecht, who currently serves as a battalion chief for the Superior Fire Department. He got the call from outgoing fire chief Scott Gordon. The next day he hiked to the summit, 8,000 feet up, to get cell reception so he could receive and accept the city’s written offer via email.
In addition to a new leadership position, he bagged a five-point bull elk during the trip, which took place the week of Thanksgiving. In whitetail deer terms, it would have been a 10-pointer. It took three days to pack the elk out. “This is probably the first time in our lives we ever ran a calorie deficit on Thanksgiving,” said Vollbrecht, 48.