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Hickenlooper invited some of them to listen to his speech at the state Capitol on Thursday. They included National Guard firefighter Duran Cornelius, who fought the High Park Fire, Fire Chief Rich Brown and mayor Steve Bach of Colorado Springs, scene of the Waldo Canyon Fire.

Hickenlooper praised Aurora police and firefighters for improvising to help those wounded in the theater shooting. Police chief Dan Oates, fire chief Mike Garcia and mayor Steve Hogan were invited to represent them.

Hickenlooper also thanked Helen Thorpe for attending. Hickenlooper announced last summer that he and his wife were separating but would continue to spend time together with their son.