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Thanks to firefighters for hard work, bravery

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I know I speak for all us when I say thank you to all of the firefighters who have bravely fought the wildfires that have plagued the north state this summer. Their relentless work to protect the lives and property of our residents prevented many of these large fires from decimating whole communities. These days it seems that nearly every year Southern California is struck by a wildfire siege. But while Northern California sees its share of fires, no one I know can recall a season like this, where thousands of lightning strikes touched down and the entire sky was continually dark with smoke for weeks on end. And only too soon after it’s over, many of the firefighters up here will likely be down in the southern part of our state, continuing to battle wildfires with little rest or breaks. Some firefighters have laid down their lives to protect us this year. A firefighter from Newport Beach lost his life after battling the Humboldt Fire in Butte County. And this week a helicopter carrying 11 firefighters crashed in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, killing nine. I want all of our firefighters and their families to know that we are eternally grateful for their selfless service. The firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten, and words cannot express our gratitude. They and their families will be in our thoughts and prayers. Rick Keene Chico