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      Helping hands for the Black Forest Fire victims

      Meet Ryan March, serving as deaf community's mouthpiece during times of crisis - this time for the Black Forest Fire

      Each and everyday at the press briefings you see familiar faces and you hear from most of them, but the one person you don't hear from is coming across loud and clear for the deaf community in Colorado Springs.Meet Ryan March, serving as deaf community's mouthpiece during times of crisis. "It's very important for them to have the exact same communication that everyone else has", said Ryan March, an interperter for the Sign Language Network in Colorado Springs.Her hands tell the story, while her face brings it to life. "We jump into the brain of the speaker and become the speaker so you should," said Andrea Reeves, President of Sign Language Network, "So what won't be heard in our voices will be seen on our faces." Ryan standing shoulder to shoulder with first responders, ensuring their messages are delivered, and giving her friends, like Shelly Guy piece of mind. According to Shelly Guy, a deaf woman from Colorado Springs, "Last year during the fire and even on 9/11 we didnt have that access, We missed a lot of that becuase of that communication we had to play catch up, so at this point, you know, I feel just like you and I have that equal access." "She's well know in this community and she is appropriate for this setting. She does a beatutiful job and we're proud of her", said Reeves.But it's a role she has not entirely embraced. "As an interperter we are seen and not heard, and i never speak for myself as Ryan, so this is a little and so this is a little bit of a challenge" said March.And a necessary service to those who rely on her for information. "Not only do I feel equal but I feel like I can do more", said Guy.March added, "If I can be a part of that I feel like it's a good step forward it our community."