Simple Service: Showing Appreciation for Wildland Firefighters

This post is written by Savannah from Small Town Superheroes:

We live less than 10 miles away from a forest fire. Many firefighters arrived and set up camp in our little town. My son had a ton of questions and worries about the fire. I tried my best to reassure him that we are safe and these heroes, the firefighters, are making that possible! I also shared this quote with him, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."-Fred Rogers

This inspired my son Carter, to find out what he could do to help the firefighters! We decided that showing our appreciation for all of their hard work would let them know we support them!

So we along with our local volunteer group, Small Town Superheroes, created a giant thank you banner. The kids had fun decorating the banner together and were beyond excited to deliver it to the firefighters. You could see the firefighters were so happy not only for the banner, but also just to meet the kids!

One firefighter asked to hold my baby because he missed his little baby that was waiting for him to come home! I of course started to tear up and thanked him again for his service.


Being able to provide these opportunities for our kids to meet these heroes provided a different real life perspective for them and an experience to remember.

If you would like to find ideas to show appreciation for the firefighters that are working hard daily to protect us and our forests, visit the Willamette Wildfire facebook page or if not local visit the US Forest service facebook page