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Snowplow drivers who lost their homes to fire still out clearing roads in Superior

Like many other families, the Kupfners lost homes and property in the Marshall Fire. But when snow fell Thursday, they returned to their plowing duties.

SUPERIOR, Colo. — Snow fell across the metro on Thursday; two men were behind the wheel of their snowplows clearing the streets of Superior following the Marshall Fire. 

The cousins, George and Daniel Kupfner, who grew up in Superior, are part of the larger Kupfner family with deep ties to this community. They also have a contract with the town to handle some emergency services – like snow plowing.

And like many of their neighbors, they lost family homes in the Marshal Fire.

“Both of our parents’ home, and my uncle’s home and pretty much everybody on the block is gone,” said Daniel.

“We lost 15 pieces of equipment,” George added, which included about seven snow plow trucks. ”They were frontline trucks we use during every storm.”

It's not just their property – Daniel’s father also ended up in the hospital.

Last week, 9NEWS reported on Phil Kupfner's efforts to save his home and neighbors from the flames.

Daniel said his father is making some progress in his recovery at a local hospital.

“I try not to think about it too much, it gets hard,” Daniel said. “I know he would want me out here doing what im doing.”

Despite all their loss and uncertainty, the Kupfners were ready to get to work plowing the roads. After all, Superior is the community they love.

“It’s just built into us to go to bat for this town,” Daniel said. “No matter what our losses are, we’re going to be out here working.

“We buy our groceries in this town, we buy our gas in this town, we live in this town,” George added. “We take pride in our town.”

The town of Superior is also getting assistance from neighboring communities. The Mayor of Boulder, Aaron Brockett, said Boulder helped Superior plow roads during the snow event immediately after the fire last week and offered additional assistance if needed this week.

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