CALIFORNIA: It’s midday. Smoke drifts around you and your exhausted fellow firefighters. You snap a quick picture of yourself to let your wife and three kids know you’re OK.
All in a day’s work: The photo received 35,000 ‘likes’ and over 1,000 comments, thanking firefighters for all their hard work
More than four days and 35,000 ‘likes’ later, that unassuming photo has become a sounding board for people eager to say ‘thank you’ to the firefighters battling multiple blazes in Southern California.
The photo, reposted from the original firefighter, identified as Tim Bergon, now overflows with more than 1,000 comments — all full of gratitude and messages of support.
“Thank you to each and every one of you brave souls for putting YOUR lives on the line to fight for people/property that you’ll never know - YOU are AMAZING!” reads one message. Adds another, “Thank you from Colorado — folks like you have saved our homes and families more times than we can count. God bless and kick butt!”
“We were kind of shocked at how people responded honestly but I guess it just really shows you how much that meant to everybody because of what they did,” Monica Calles, the owner of the brewery that reposted the photo, said.
“I think the word everybody was thinking is, ‘thank you, thank you’, you can't really say thank you enough.” If only all selfies could be this awesome. Thanks to the tireless efforts of many firefighters, the Cocos Fire, where this selfie was taken, was 91 per cent contained as of Tuesday afternoon.