It seemed like women outnumbered men by fifty to one at last night's 2012 Colorado Firefighter Calendar release party at City Hall -- but the quality of the testosterone on display was so high that none of the ladies were complaining. At 6 p.m., the VIP ticketholders started filing in, claiming calendars and bypassing the spread of food to get in line: The 2012 calendar boys (and girl) were seated at a long table on the ground floor, Sharpies at the ready.
Spirits were high as the dozens of women and handful of men flirted their way down the line. Raffle tickets were available for $5, or five for $20; each firefighter had a box in front of his or her station, and behind the firefighters were poster-sized prints of their calendar pages, so by placing a raffle ticket in the box, attendees were entered into a drawing to win the posters.
Once the calendars were signed, it was safe to check out the bar and the event layout -- and we were glad we got there early, because the line was already starting to wind around the catwalk that the firefighters would strut down later in the evening.
The DJ spun typical club tunes as City Hall began to fill up, and ladies bumped and grinded to the music while we waited for the main event: The runway walk. And when it came, it didn't disappoint; Alice 105.9's morning-show host Erica introduced the 2011 calendar's firefighters, who took a final strut down the runway, and then it was time for the 2012 picks to shine.
December 2011: Charlie Karl
Charlie is a disabled vet with daughters; Erica asked him what advice about boys he'd give the little ones, and he responded: "Stay away!"
Calendar note: "Merry X-Mas, keep warm!"
January 2012: Neal Martin
Neal recently got a dog -- a bulldog named Lola. Aw.
Calendar note: "Your first time always means the most!"
February 2012: Tyler Capron
Tyler's favorite dessert is tiramisu. Good choice!
Calendar note: "Be my Valentine!"
March 2012: Scott Roahrig
Scott is the father of three boys. Girls of the future, keep your fingers crossed that they take after dad!
Calendar note: "Keep rockin'! Spring Break time!"
April 2012: Kip Korthuis
Kip is a fire captain -- and he's single, ladies! His ideal date involves indoor skydiving.
Calendar note: "Keep lookin' hot. Happy Easter!"
May 2012: Corey Piper
This Colorado Springs 'fighter is a dead ringer for John Travolta, and he even did a little Saturday Night Fever impression for us. (He also had one of the best songs: "You Can Leave Your Hat On.")
Calendar note: "You're lovely." (The feeling is mutual, Corey!)
June 2012: Molly Meehan
The lone female on the calendar still got lots of love from all the ladies last night. Erica referred to her as the "HBIC: Head Bitch in Charge," and we know lots of guys who would love to have her whipping them into shape!
Calendar note: "Have a sizzlin' summer!"
July 2012: La Don Williams
LaDon dieted to get his physique ripped for the calendar -- and his colleagues helped him out (or not) by baking a cookie the size of a plate.
Calendar note: "Time for some fireworks!"
August 2012: Brian Thorngate
A self-proclaimed gym rat (we can totally tell), Brian chose Nelly's "Hot in Here" for his catwalk strut.
Calendar note: "I hope it's a long, hot August!"
September 2012: Gary Riggins
Gary's the strong-but-silent type, and the beautiful script tattoo across his chest (it reads "Always") reminds him to live strong -- he's a cancer survivor.
Calendar note: "Stay hot this fall!"
October 2012: Nick McKibbin
Nick has a twin sister and a bad-ass tattoo of a Celtic god and goddess across his torso. Rawr!
Calendar note: "I'll keep you hot & wet in October!"
November 2012: Derek Trombetta
We're not saying Derek's packing junk in the trunk -- clearly, he's not -- but his buns are so juicy that he regularly tears his pants.
Calendar note: "Stay strong!"
December 2012: Matt Van Dyken
Matt's a country boy at heart, so in other words, we know he's a big softie.
Calendar note: "Merry Christmas!"
2012 Cover Boy: Colin Brunt
Colin does a killer Chewbacca impression (he demonstrated; it's good) and plays guitar. Swoon!
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Calendar note: "You deserve a trillion hearts."
All in all, it was a scorching-hot night, and lots of money was raised for Fired Up for Kids! Visit www.firedupforkids.org for information on how to get your own calendar; all proceeds benefit the Children's Hospital burn center.