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The veteran who helped quell the Colorado Springs shootings owns a brewery with his wife. People are buying products now.

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Richard and Jessica Fierro have been celebrated for their award-winning beers for years, and lead Colorado’s first Latino brewery, Atrevida Beer Co., a female head brewer.

On November 20th, they and some of their employees went out to Club Q in Colorado Springs for a “fun night out” that ended in tragedy.

The Fieros, along with their daughter, Cathy, who also works at the brewery, and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Raymond Green Vance, were hit by gunmen at a gay nightclub celebrating a friend’s birthday.he killed 5 people, including Vance, whom the family has known since their daughter was in high school. Dozens were injured, including Fierros’ group.

Jessica Fierro wrote on Atrevida’s Instagram, “It was a real mess. I was bruised on the right side of my body and Rich injured both his hand, knee and ankle when he caught the shooter. He was covered in blood.”

Richard Fierro is honored a hero In fear he and another man helped crush the shooterRichard Fierro, a U.S. Army veteran who has taken four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he intervened after the military reflexes began.

“I had no idea. I just ran there,” he said. “(I thought) ‘I have to kill this man. He’s going to kill my child. He’s going to kill my wife.'” … It’s just a reflection. stop action. cease activity. Don’t hurt anyone

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Rich and Jess Fierro own Atrevida Beer Co. in Colorado. Head Brewer Jess Fierro is the state’s first female Latina brewery owner and head brewer.

Atrevida Beer Co./Facebook


Along with helping him save the lives of dozens of others people at the venue During the incident, his military training also contributed to the development of his and his wife’s business. stationed in Germanysays the couple on the beer company’s website.

According to their website, the brewery, whose name means “Bold, Bold, Bold Woman,” was built by Jessica, who embodies just that. In addition to being the spouse of her husband during her 15-year U.S. military service and the mother of two children, she is the driving force behind her strength and creativity on her Atrevida website. is praised to be

That strength is reflected in everything they do at the brewery, from hiring to the motto “Diversity, it’s at your fingertips!” – A phrase found in many products. 4 out of 6 employees are female and 4 out of 6 are Latino.

Richard Fierro’s actions plus their message, history and perseverance. Club Qignited a wave of support for their business within days of filming.

Mina Harris, niece of Vice President Kamala Harris, directed people Many of them debut their motto in business products. Writer and journalist Molly Knight also enlisted her more than 136,000 followers to drive people to the merch.crash the website” – by purchasing all available online products.

“Mr. Fierro is a hero,” tweeted chef Jose Andrés, founder of the nonprofit World Central Kitchen. “Risking his life to save the lives of others. With his bare hands! His daughter’s boyfriend died in a shooting….let’s show him the respect he deserves.”support their beer.”

For Fierros, support comes at a time of great loss. Jessica said on the business’s Instagram page that “everyone is recovering,” but her family was “hurt,” like so many others.

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One of the shirts for sale on the Atrevida Beer Co. website.

Atrevida Beer Company


“No one needs to witness bloodshed like this,” she wrote. in our hearts we are devastated and torn apart we love us #lgbtq Join the community and stand with them. This despicable, despicable act of hate has no place in our lives or businesses. I hate F***. It left us and our community scarred, but not broken.”

Daughter Cathy posted a tribute to her boyfriend she’s been dating since high school.

“I can never heal from this. I want to wake up from this horrible nightmare. I pray that you will hear me when I call out to you. I am so sorry. I am sending you all out there.” I will never forgive myself for taking it,” she wrote. Instagram. “…you gave me the best five years and four months. My sweet love, I will never forget you.”


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Written by Natalia Chi

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