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Pat Rogers
April 11, 2005, 05:26 AM
Denny's house burned down yesterday morning. He escaped, dragging his 4 year old grandson through the burning house. Two of his 4 dogs also escaped- two perished in the blaze.
He lost about everything else.
Rich Lucibella has flown out to Az to assist. he won't be answering too may questions re subscriptions for a while.

April 11, 2005, 07:22 AM
Pat, when you next speak with Denny, please convey my condolences and let him know he'll be in my prayers.

April 11, 2005, 10:36 AM
Ditto what Buzz said.

If there is anything the TFL family can do to help, please let us know.

I have also posted a link at THR since Denny is well known over there as well.

April 11, 2005, 10:37 AM
Best to all, that's surely one of the worst events that a fellow could experience. Let us know if we can help.

Rich Lucibella
April 11, 2005, 11:21 AM
Thanks much for the notice here.

What we have is an enormous loss, including two dogs, a number of fifth generation firearms, a lifetime of memorabilia, and the entire editorial history and contacts list for SWAT. But Denny averted was an enormous tragedy. He, Chris and Ashley are handling this far better than I would. TFL Rob drove out from Valhalla last night with Evie. Nancy's following me out from FL with a computer.

First orders of business will be to find housing, get his phones back and get him back up to speed on business.

Thanks for all the support. Denny will be back before you know it.

Pat Rogers
April 11, 2005, 11:25 AM
Copy Rich.
Glad you will be with him.
My heart goes out to him, and i wish him well through what will be a very hard time.
Please call if i can be of any assistance.

April 11, 2005, 11:49 AM
How horrific. :(

April 11, 2005, 12:28 PM
If there is anything us grunts can do let us know.

Hank, Standing By.

Brian Dale
April 11, 2005, 12:30 PM
Glad that the people got out. Two dogs lost: that's hard news to read. And all of their stuff; damn.

Thoughts and prayers from here.

added: what HankL said.

April 11, 2005, 12:34 PM
Unreal. Stay strong, Denny.

- Gabe

April 11, 2005, 01:16 PM
God bless you and your family. You will be in our prayers.

April 11, 2005, 01:42 PM
Thoughts and prayers sent .

April 11, 2005, 01:45 PM
I'll be praying.
If there is anything we can do, money, food, whatever, let us know.
On a related note, I've been touched at how tight the TFL and THR families are.

April 11, 2005, 03:29 PM
Where in Arizona does he live?
I am not in a position to help financially, but I might be able to drive out and help with the clean up or something!!

April 11, 2005, 04:50 PM
Wow, that is bad news :( . I'm thankful that everyone got out and at least two of the critters made it out.

Fire is my worse nightmare.


April 11, 2005, 09:59 PM
I'm with denfoote on this one. Let us know if you guys need any help. We can be there lickety split.

April 11, 2005, 10:59 PM
If there is ANYTHING I can do, I am here for him.
I am off for the next couple days and am only a few hours away.
I only met Denny briefly one time, but that was enough for me to consider Denny to be one of the good guys.

April 11, 2005, 11:10 PM

Losing your papers, guns and even memorabilia hurts; losing beloved pets hurts even more. Thank the Lord we do not need to say prayers for you and the other family members. We are all thankful that the you all made it out alive and well. We pray for your beloved pets and for you and your family to recover from your loss.

Ask for what you need. No doubt TFL members will find a way to help.

God Bless!

Rich Lucibella
April 12, 2005, 12:09 AM
I won't speak for Denny, but I know him pretty well. He won't take your money. He's insured and he'd insist on making up any shortfalls on his own. What may be needed however is legwork help. Currently there's four of us here and we're handling things pretty well. I am concerned about the guns and chances of salvaging.

I hope to have him up on his new computer tomorrow and he'll post for himself.

April 12, 2005, 06:41 AM
We will be waiting to hear from him!!!

Jamie Young
April 12, 2005, 07:29 AM
I'm glad you're alive Denny!

April 12, 2005, 09:23 AM

You and your family are in my prayers. If you need anything -- and I mean it -- just let me/us know.

Respectfully - Roy

April 12, 2005, 01:40 PM
Denny, hope you will be alright and everything will be back on track ASAP.

April 12, 2005, 01:43 PM
I feel for him, A guy I work with just went through the same thing ......house burned up, lost his pets and all the unreplaceable stuff but him and his family made it out safely. Hope that he lands on his feet and makes out alright.

April 12, 2005, 05:25 PM
Will be praying for strength & speedy recovery for you all out there.

April 12, 2005, 07:48 PM
I'm terribly sorry Denny. I only wish I was still in AZ so I could help. Prayers are on the way.

Ben Swenson
April 12, 2005, 08:02 PM
Hope you get back on your feet soon!

Don't hesitate to ask if there's something we can help with. I'm a bit far out to be of physical assistance, but I wish I could do something.

April 12, 2005, 08:41 PM
Sorry to hear this Denny.

April 13, 2005, 06:24 AM

You are in my families Prays. God speed on recovery. If there is anything I can do please ask!

April 13, 2005, 09:35 AM

I'm so sorry, but I'm glad your family made it out. Please let me know if I can help in some way.

Rich, Rob, etc-



Denny Hansen
April 14, 2005, 03:02 AM
First, thanks to everyone for the kind thoughts and words. It is truly appreciated.

Thanks for the offers for help, but we're in good shape in all respects thanks to a fantastic support staff including Rich, Mad Dog, Rob, Louis Awerbuck their ladies, and many others. My wife Chris has propped me up when necessary and vice versa. Our daugher Ashleigh and son Flint have been rocks for us.

Don't get me wrong as I neither need or want a pat on the back for getting my grandson Austin out of the house alive. However, I would like to point out that my former training and the fire drills we conducted as a family paid huge dividends here. Let this be a reminder to us all that the old adage, "we train like we fight, and we fight like we train" goes way beyond the use of firearms.

And for enquiring minds, no, there will not be a "fire sale." :)


45 Carry
April 14, 2005, 11:48 AM
Denny and Family,
I send you Peace and Love, Feel the Prayers.
Bill Corley
45 Carry

April 15, 2005, 10:12 AM
Wow, Denny, this is absolutely horrible news! I'm so glad you got out what you could. Really sad about the dogs. It's amazing how a fire can get going and go so far so fast. Also amazing how well you're handling all this. Any idea on how it all started? If there is anything i can do, let me know. My prayers go out for you and yours. God Bless.

April 15, 2005, 10:18 AM
My prayers are with you and your family. Thank God everyone is safe.


April 15, 2005, 03:19 PM
Not to be out of place but I was wondering how things were going?


Rich Lucibella
April 15, 2005, 07:58 PM
Nancy and I left yesterday. Rob and Evie a bit earlier.

What I've seen:
In the long run, it'll all be fine. Denny seems to have hit a home run with State Farm and they've been absolutely proactive. Cudos to the agent and company.

On the personal side, Denny, Chris and Ashley have been truly upbeat and gracious with all offers of help. They allowed us to provision a new computer and cobble together an industry, SWAT author and SWAT advertiser contact database. Rob did the rental house hunting and cell phone battles.

In the short run? They've all been so busy being good hosts to us that I'm not certain they've really had time to deal with the loss. As we all move off to our daily lives and this becomes "yesterday's news", they're certain to face some dark hours alone.....I know I would.

But...it's one damn, fine, strong family. It'll only be stronger once the loss is dealt with. It'll take some time....lots probably; and friends....good ones mostly.

For the rest of us....sympathy, pride in all the Hansen's and helplessness at not being able to "just make it better". That's what life gives us; and dealing with it is what makes us who we are.

April 15, 2005, 09:05 PM
Just a suggestion for an issue of SWAT:

We here talk all day and night about what tactics we would (hopefully) use when meeting up with a BG, or an intruder, or an act of terrorism. We talk about the tools that we would use, the combonations(sp) and such.

Yet, we tend to forget about other drills or tactics for other dangers. Something that Denny said really struck out to me:

However, I would like to point out that my former training and the fire drills we conducted as a family paid huge dividends here. Let this be a reminder to us all that the old adage, "we train like we fight, and we fight like we train" goes way beyond the use of firearms.

I am most grateful that Denny and his family are still here with us, I really enjoy reading his Briefing Room notes.

I know that he knows that he and his family aren't alone with their loss and that we all will always be with them, either in person if able or in spirit if not.


*to say, I'm really not good at saying things during times like this.

Mal H
April 16, 2005, 08:37 AM
Wayne - "I'm really not good at saying things during times like this."

Trust me, you're not alone in that, brother. When I first heard about what happened to Denny and family, it was as shocking as if it had happened to a family member. In fact, it did. I think we all feel like a family here, especially in bad times. To be perfectly honest, when I was telling my wife about what had happened, I ... well, instead let me give you her reaction. She said, "that is very sad. I know they've lost many memories. Hey, looks like your lachrymal glands are acting up a little. Want me to take a look at that?" ;)

I am very glad to hear everything is working out ok. It's hard to say "for the best", because it isn't, but at least they are working out. I wish we could do more - or at least something.

April 28, 2005, 05:04 PM
I was also struck by what Denny said about practicing fire drills.

This week my kids had their first fire drill, and they had it because I was reminded how serious this kind of thing can be by Denny. I'm ashamed to admit that my oldest (4) didn't even know to crawl under smoke. Hopefully we can all learn from this.

April 28, 2005, 06:34 PM
Just got done reading this thread. My thoughts and prayers absolutely go out to Denny and his family on this one.

April 28, 2005, 11:23 PM
I just drove through Denny's neck of the woods a couple hours ago. Stopped at J&G and picked up 5000 rounds of .308, 1920 rounds of '06 in M1 clips, and 1500 rounds of .22.
Needless to say, I thought of Denny as I was passing though. I hope everything is coming back together for you.

Any .45
April 29, 2005, 09:11 AM
Glad your Ok, my condolences on the losses, especially mans best friends, I lost mine a few months ago, he got ran over by a vehicle while chasing a possum. And you lost alot more than i did, it would be hard for me to cope, the good thing is you have a great family and great friends. I know it hurts real bad, just hang tuff and god bless.

Miguel :(

Dave Sample
May 12, 2005, 08:34 PM
The loss of family pets is a hard thing to bear, but thank goodness all the folks made it out alive. My bests wishes for a speedy and safe come back from this terrible event.

June 20, 2005, 07:30 PM
Events like this really help put things in perspective, don't they? You had a bad day at the office? Someone cut you off during your commute? Your cell battery went dead just as you were closing a deal? Annoying, yes, but in the grand scheme of things hardly worth getting upset about.

Godspeed to the Hansen family.