Grateful for Firefighters, First Responders & Emergency Personnel

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

Gratitude Post #2 - Thankful for our Firefighters, First Responders & Other Emergency Personnel                  

 

How can one say enough thanks for the firefighters, first responders and other emergency personnel this year…or in many years here in California?!

 

No doubt many have seen the horrific photos, videos, and live coverage of the fires raging in California, with multiple fires happening at the same time, and often spreading rapidly due to windy conditions and record dry vegetation. While wildfires are common here it’s never something one gets accustomed to, just as you don’t with other natural disasters happening in other parts of the country.

 

Words just don’t say enough for what our California firefighters, and those from other states, as well as the first responders and other emergency personnel have had to do (and in some areas continue to do) to combat these wildfires and save as many homes, but more importantly people, as possible. They put their lives on the line, and work countless hours with little time for a break.

 

Photo from the 2014 Carlsbad Fires

Carlsbad fires 2014

 

Putting their lives on the line for hours and days at a time is not something the rest of us can even begin to comprehend, in situations that at times seem impossible, and incredibly dangerous, to deal with. The devastation in some areas is beyond description, and yet one has to be thankful it is not worse than it is in some areas, and that thousands of homes, and lives, have been spared despite massive destruction.

 

And we are all grateful for many people who help in other ways during these disastrous wildfires – staffing evacuation centers, medical staff, helping people and pets to escape and find shelter – and those who simply step in to help neighbors and people they don’t even know in any way that they can, because they can.

 

It’s a lot to be grateful for, don’t you think?!

 

NOTE: Today, a red flag warning has been issued again here in San Diego into Monday, with increasing fire conditions due the higher temps (in the 80s in Carlsbad but expected to be into the 90s in some areas), dry vegetation, and increasing winds expected. No doubt other areas are impacted throughout Southern California. Thanks to the Emergency Alert System on our phones in our area for making us aware.

 

Entry #2 in the November 2019 Gratitude Challenge

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George Souto
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Jeff I am fortunate enough to live just a half a mile for my local fire station, so the response time is only a couple of minutes. 

Nov 17, 2019 12:48 PM #1
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Good afternoon Jeff Dowler, CRS - our first responders deserve our gratitude and praise.  The really run into danger as part of their job.

Nov 17, 2019 12:57 PM #2
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That's a good place to be George Souto 

Grant Schneider - indeed. When you see the live videos of the first burning it's almost unimaginable what the firefighters have to endure.

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Nov 17, 2019 03:44 PM #3
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Hi Jeff- think about it, when something is on fire, you and I and everyone else is walking out of the building. The firefighters and first responders are heading into it. They deserve our respect and so much more. 

Nov 17, 2019 06:48 PM #4
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First responders and firefighters are owed our everlasting gratitude.

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Hi Jeff - a thought or a gesture of gratitude for first responders of all kinds is just the beginning and you're so right about being thankful.  

Nov 17, 2019 06:49 PM #6
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Perfect entry for November's Gratitude. Hope you have shared this with all the firefighters, first responders, and other emergency personnel.

Nov 18, 2019 07:54 PM #9
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Thank you for this.  I feel that while most people probably are grateful if they need them, they rare express it.  And I have a ton of people in my family that fit the description.  I'll never forget when my daughter got hit by a passing truck mirror on the interstate while she was carrying a patient on a backboard from a wreck. It was night, it was pouring rain and she had covered the patient with her jacket to protect them in getting from the wreck to the ambulance so they didn't see her.  It knocked her down, but she didn't drop the patient.  She's an ER nurse these days, but my son in law is a firefighter and paramedic.  So I always appreciate people who are thankful for those who do what my kids do.

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Hi Jeff,
I'm not sure most of us give that much thought to the first responders until we need them or hear about some horrific event going on. These folks, literally, choose to take jobs wher they potentialy risk their lives with every call they respond to.  We owe them our respect and appreciation. 

Nov 29, 2019 10:07 AM #11
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