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Steamboat Springs resident Michele Dunklin, center, continues her recovery from a car accident at the Doak Walker Care Center. She looks forward to returning home to her husband, Steve, right. Michele Dunklin credits West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bryan Rickman, left, with helping to save her life.

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Steamboat's Dunklins grateful for community support, ‘Michele’s miracle’

Michele Dunklin walked outside the Doak Walker Care Center on Friday, closed her eyes, looked at the sun overhead and took in a deep breath. “It feels very nice,” she said. Before Friday, the last time the 47-year-old Steamboat Springs woman got to take in the mountain air was briefly on Jan. 10 when she was being transferred from an ambulance to the Doak, where she would continue her recovery from a near-fatal Dec. 8 head-on car crash.

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