Small gestures of kindness add up quickly for fire crews far from home

One side of the story you might not have seen in the news reports about the Taylor Bridge Fire was the sincere gratitude expressed by residents in the communities affected by the fire.

Thanks to Kittitas County Fire District 7, we have some examples of the community support and positive response to the firefighters from multiple agencies who worked long days to contain the Taylor Bridge Fire: 

  • Many signs showing support for firefighters on display around Cle Elum, Ellensburg and other communities affected by the wildfire.
  • Residents frequently insisting on paying for firefighters whenever they were spotted buying coffee at local latte stands during rest hours.
  • Members of the public frequently saying “thank you” whenever they spotted a firefighter around town.
  • Many on Facebook commenting about the fire on their personal pages also advocated for raising funds for the local volunteer fire departments.
  • Fire chiefs of several of the departments responding to the fire were approached at community meetings and asked for a list of firefighter needs.
  • More than one homeowner asked for a list of the fire departments working the wildfire in order send them thank-you notes for saving their homes and trying to save others.
  • Multiple accolades and supportive comments toward firefighters were posted to the public on the Twitter feed and Facebook pages of the various fire departments involved.
  • Donation drop-off locations for fire victims at numerous locations across state were inundated.
  • Via the Ellensburg Daily Record: A car wash initially planned as a community project for the Ellensburg High School volleyball team turned into a benefit for those affected by the fire. “We’ll stop washing cars when the cars stop coming,” one student told the newspaper.
  • The Washington Division of Anderson Hay & Grain in Ellensburg donated a lunch to fire crews that it had initially planned to provide at an employee appreciation day.
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