How do we say “thank you?”

Screen shot 2013-07-01 at 10.25.30 AMI woke up and saw news of this fire-tragedy in my Twitter feed. Here is a summary from Relevant magazine:

Sunday marked the deadliest day for firefighters in America since 9/11, as 19 members of an elite firefighting unit were killed while battling a massive wildfire in Arizona. Officials say that a lightening strike likely sparked the blaze that destroyed more than 100 structures while burning through 6,000 acres in an area northwest of Phoenix. In a statement, President Obama said, “They were heroes — highly skilled professionals who, like so many across our country do every day, selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives and property of fellow citizens they would never meet” …

While this event impacts all of us in ways we can’t understand, there is no doubt that the impact for 19 families is about as deeply life-changing as any human event.


Whatever else this stirs in me, it moves me to want to find the women and men in my own life who are among those who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way as they serve every day and say THANK YOU to them.

So, thank you Nansie and Kevin. Nansie, you posted this image recently and it was powerful then. It is even more powerful today.

I would feel momentarily hypocritical about doing this, but I do remember occasionally to say “thanks” when there has not been a nationally televised tragedy. A few months ago I dropped a large tray of gooey chocolate frosted brownies off at the local firehouse. In fact, that is my standard plan for dealing with catered left-overs from events when the food is good and there is quantity.

Do you know any firefighters? How will you say “thank you” today? What are other ways we can show our gratitude on a regular basis?