22 January . 2016
A Home for Heroes: Local Firefighters Build a Strong Sense of Community at Tehaleh
“Firefighters are one big family,” said Brian Lamoureaux. “My family was looking for that same sense of camaraderie in a community, and we found it at Tehaleh.”
Firefighter Brian and his wife Lisa have two daughters, ages 8 and 4. When they moved into their Quadrant home, they were surprised to learn they were neighbors with other first responders. Tom Spoonemore, a firefighter paramedic, lives just a few doors down with his wife, Leah, and their three-month-old daughter.
Both the Lamoureauxs and the Spoonemores were very excited about their move to Tehaleh because of the strong sense of community. “We felt it from the moment we walked into The Post, visited with staff and heard about the thoughtful planning of the community. We were the first to live in our little area, so when new families move in, we’re excited to meet them,” said Tom. “We found that in older neighborhoods, people have their routines and aren’t interested in meeting new neighbors. At Tehaleh, everyone is new!”
Brian agrees, saying, “People who move to Tehaleh want the same things I want, kids barreling through the house, running through sprinklers and going over to a friend’s house to play. If I need help on a house project, I can just wander over, ask a friend for help and get it done!”
Both families were attracted to the highly-rated Sumner School District and Donald Eismann Elementary, located in the heart of the Tehaleh community.
Tom’s favorite aspect of his new home is the feeling that he’s so close to wildlife, trails and places to walk without having to worry about traffic. “But we’re not isolated,” he said. “We’re close to everything we need, creating friendships with neighbors and maintaining a community.”
Brian and Tom encourage their fellow firefighters to look into the Tehaleh community. “I tell them to get down here any way you can!” said Brian excitedly. “It’s close to the outdoors, there’s a stunning mountain view and your family will love it! We’ve got firefighters, emergency room doctors and nurses. We’re a group of people who share the same values and want to build a strong community.”
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