Polis strove to inject a sense of optimism as crisis after crisis washed over Colorado, at times invoking the best of humanity and noting that people, instead of turning their backs, have comforted their fellows in moments of calamity and despair. “This is the Colorado spirit. These men and women define who we are as a people, and represent the very best of us," he said. "There are so many other stories like theirs, of everyday people doing their best and giving everything to protect our Colorado.”