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Time to thank a firefighter

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Firefighters are a humble bunch and never look for accolades or praise when they accomplish something marvelous. For them, it’s just routine — a part of the job. Well, battling a 55-acre fire in the Clover Valley area last week was far from something “routine” (Journal, June 16). A grass fire engulfing such a large area surrounded by homes and families could have easily become disastrous. But because our community is fortunate to have such well-trained, professional teams of firefighters among us, no one was hurt and no structures were damaged. For this I want to thank our Rocklin Fire Department and the supporting departments that bravely assisted Rocklin: Cal Fire, Lincoln FD, Loomis FD, Newcastle FPD, Penryn FPD, Placer County Fire Department, Roseville FD and South Placer FPD Granite Bay. Our public safety can’t be taken for granted. When you see a firefighter, let him or her know that you appreciate their service. This time of year their readiness is more important than ever, because inevitably careless Fourth of July revelers put our community at risk. So please keep this in mind this Fourth of July and celebrate safely. Scott Yuill, mayor of Rocklin