First responders honor doughnut shop owner

Flag presented to Lora Samaras, of Lone Tree

Nick Puckett
npuckett@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/5/20

Local first responders honored a devoted Lone Tree doughnut shop owner battling cancer with a specially made flag Oct. 3. South Metro Fire Rescue, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Lone Tree …

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First responders honor doughnut shop owner

Flag presented to Lora Samaras, of Lone Tree

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Local first responders honored a devoted Lone Tree doughnut shop owner battling cancer with a specially made flag Oct. 3.

South Metro Fire Rescue, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Lone Tree Police Department personnel presented Lora Samaras, former owner of Lora’s Donuts and Bakery, with an American flag with a blue-and-red painted hose connected across the middle, commemorating her years of support for firefighters and law enforcement.

South Metro Lt. Brian Netzel organized dozens of first responders to surprise Samaras at her home in the Carriage Club neighborhood at noon on the Saturday afternoon.

Netzel remembers Lora’s Donuts and Bakery as a place where firefighters and cops could break bread together over coffee.

“It was just a fun place to be,” Netzel said. “You could let down. Cops and firemen, we’d be in there, chipping at each other with doughnut jokes. She’d tell us to get our own coffee, stuff like that—just a good, fun place.”

Netzel said the local agencies planned to have the piece hung in her shop, at 11804 Oswego St. Samaras was forced to close her business permanently in June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Samaras is battling cancer and is receiving chemotherapy treatment.

Samaras said she was “overwhelmed” by the spectacle of close to 40 first responders at the foot of her driveway.

Responding to a man who approached her wishing her to get well, Samaras joked: “Remember this face when I’m racing down the street.”

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