Westminster firefighters stop, remove swastikas carved into sidewalk

WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- Reports of anti-Semitic vandalism continue in Colorado. The Denver Police Department is investigating after swastikas were etched into cars near the University of Denver on Tuesday.

The offensive images have also been spotted in Westminster, where the act of bigotry was overpowered by kindness.

A Westminster Fire Department crew is being commended for a job well done by stopping to do the right thing when it saw swastikas carved into a freshly poured sidewalk near the Greenridge Place Memory Care assisted living center.

The crew spent hours reshaping and smoothing over the concrete, Greenridge Place clinical director Kandice Young said.

“They were driving by and they noticed it on the sidewalk and just stopped -- out of their kindness of their hearts,” Young said.

Three Jewish seniors call the center home. Residents said the firefighters’ cleanup effort means a great deal to the entire community.

“We love what they do for us,” one woman said.

Firefighters will receive that message of support firsthand. Colorful thank you notes, created by the senior citizens, will be delivered to the firefighters this week.