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U.S. Forest Service

As part of its responsible business plan, Citizen Verizon, Verizon partnered with the National Forest Foundation to thank individuals who have dedicated their professional careers to protecting America’s National Forests—the U.S. Forest Service personnel.

As the effects of climate change exacerbate wildfires and the impacts of COVID-19 spur an unprecedented increase in visitations, Forest Service staff continue to selflessly work and often put their lives in danger to ensure these public lands thrive now and for many generations to come.

In addition to sharing messages of support, encouragement, and thanks from Verizon’s employees, Verizon’s generous grant will plant 100,000 trees on National Forest lands. These native trees will help provide fresh air, clean water, and remove carbon from the environment.

As part of its responsible business plan, Citizen Verizon, Verizon partnered with the National Forest Foundation to thank individuals who have dedicated their professional careers to protecting America’s National Forests—the U.S. Forest Service personnel.

As the effects of climate change exacerbate wildfires and the impacts of COVID-19 spur an unprecedented increase in visitations, Forest Service staff continue to selflessly work and often put their lives in danger to ensure these public lands thrive now and for many generations to come.

In addition to sharing messages of support, encouragement, and thanks from Verizon’s employees, Verizon’s generous grant will plant 100,000 trees on National Forest lands. These native trees will help provide fresh air, clean water, and remove carbon from the environment.

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We invite you to share these messages of thanks from Verizon employees with your fellow wildland firefighters or any associations, clubs, groups, or teams who you believe would appreciate seeing them.

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To U.S. Forest Service Personnel: Thank you for your dedicated service and all the sacrifices you make personally to take care of our people and our land. I know you do a lot of other things besides walk into the hot zones, and both of those things are so important and take so much hard work and courage to keep fighting. We deeply appreciate you!

Jennifer Berglund, Cibolo, Texas
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Hello!

First of all, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your incredible service protecting our national forests.

The home we live in in Texas is in a heavily forested area that, while not usually threatened by wildfires, has given us a deep appreciation for having trees around us.

Stay safe, my friend!

Christian W.

Christian Winter, Highland Village, Texas
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Thank you for your service in protecting our forests and your selfless efforts to keep nature beautiful. My family and I have visited many National Parks/Forests and only because of your efforts have these visits provide us memories that will last forever. Thank you once again for all you do. Please stay safe.

Richard

Anonymous, Jacksonville, Florida
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I would like to thank my friend Tracey M working as an Engine Captain for the US Forest Service in the San Juan National Forest. Without her and others like her, we would not have what we have today; Public Lands for all of us to enjoy!

Thank you! Cory

Cory Kihlstrom, Avon, Indiana
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Thank you so much for your dedication, sacrifice, hard work and for putting yourself on the line so that we can stay safe.

Thank you for all that you do!

Anonymous, Westlake, Ohio
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I have nothing but respect and appreciation for Firefighters!! What you do makes a huge difference to the environment, safety, and security. Your purpose and dedication is unparalleled!!

Big Thanks for everything you do!

Anonymous, Irving, Texas
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Hi there,

I live in NJ and had an encouter when my wife placed a plastic tray in the oven. The smoke detector went off. I froze did not know what to do. My volunteer firefighters showed up in short time and saved the day.

I am very grateful for people like you. I am grateful for the beautiful woods that you preserve.

Thank you and God bless you

Anonymous, Little Falls, New Jersey
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Hello, I have a love for the outdoors and exploring various National Parks. The work that you do helps the entire world! Having the ability to mainatin our forrests and keep it save from fires is a huge under taking. Your work is endless and greatly appreciated. Thank you for all you do, my thoughts are with you during the tough times. THANK YOU!

Anonymous, Hudson, Florida
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National Forests are the largest single source of fresh water in the US, providing drinking water to millions, including those in large cities.

You are a hero! We are grateful enough to be blessed by such brave souls. Stay safe, keep up the good work!

Luka Manitasevic, Irvine, California
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Dear Hero Firefighter! Thank you for being a firefighter and doing all that you do. Not all heroes wear capes, but you are truly a hero for what you do. Protecting our land and families is such a selfless act. Thank you for all that you do! It takes a special person to do what you do. We are all so grateful!

Anonymous, Excelsior, Minnesota
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Thank you for all you do.

Tim Eshleman, Kansas City, Missouri
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Thank you so much for the work you do to help protect the wildlife (both flora and fauna). A few years ago my family was driving through Colorado and saw the aftermath of some terrible forest fires, and the devastation that they left in the wake. Without the service of those like you it would be worse - thank you for your selfless actions.

Anonymous, Fort Worth, Texas
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Thank you so much for your service. As someone that has family members in the firefighting profession, I understand the risk that you take every time you answer the call. Please know that the work you do is very appreciated!

Anonymous, Ponte Vedra, Florida
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I want to thank you all for your amazing effort to save lives and the planet. I have personally seen what this fires can do to humans and how it can destroy someones life in a blink of a second. You jump right in front of the problem to control wildfires and the work and dedication goes beyond any word I could describe. Thank you.

Luis Pugliese, 33606, Florida
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Thank you for your service. I have a great appreciation for the work that you do. My daughter is a junior fire fighter in my town in New Jersey and my brother in law is a firefighter in Colorado.

Anonymous, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
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Hello,

My name is Shannon Rizer and I come from a fire fighter family, and I know thanks is not shared enough.

Thank you for all your time and efforts to help protect our forests. The sacrifices you and your families make is appreciated.

Thank you and be safe out there.

Shannon Rizer, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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Thank you so much for the work you do to protect our forest fires. Our national forests and wild lands are such a source of joy for me here in New Mexico. I hike nearly every day on national forest land that is protected by the US Forest Service. I cannot express how enough how deeply I appreciate the sacrifices you make to protect our forests.

Lindsey Armstrong, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Today I learned about the forest firefighter and the task you perform. Thank you for all you do to keep our forest green. I can don't imagine what goes through your mind when you are out fighting a forest fire. Be safe, Be careful. And Thankyou once again.

Chirnav Master, 07054, New Jersey
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Hi There!

Thanks for your dedication, energy, and time protecting forests! Protecting the nature and our planet earth is so critical for all of us, not only to enjoy the beauty and sceneries of the forests, but also for the major part they play in keeping our planet running through wildlife and biochemestry essential to all our needs!

Thanks!!!

Anonymous, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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Thank you very much for your service. I have a friend from childhood that is also a firefighter; although, he is a firefighter in the city. I understand that your job is very intense, but I am sure every call out is a blessing to many others. Putting your life on the line for others is very respectful. Thank you from your friends at Verizon!

Anonymous, Arkansas
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The longleaf pine ecosystem is one of the most biologically diverse in North America, with an understory that can hold up to 40 plant species per square yard.

Thank you so much for all you do for us. On behalf of myself and my family, I want you to know we are grateful and deeply appreciate the time you spend away from your family and the personal risks you take as a firefighter to protect us and the national forests.

Anonymous, Indianapolis, Indiana
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I am forever grateful for your time and putting your lives at risk while taking care of our forests. My brother in law is a firefighter and I hear many stories. Take time to take care of yourselves too.. Thank you.

Claudia Correia, 08829, New Jersey
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I wanted to express my appreciation for you, your bravery, and all you do to protect us, our wildlife, and our forests. These forests and parks are my and no my children's favorite place to vacation and really provide us the only natural retreat we have access to.

Thanks to you for keeping these spaces protected for our continued use!

Jacob Thomas, Greenwood, Indiana
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Thank you for all you do. Your service to protect one of our natural resources is appreciated. It is as important as the service of armed forces and other first responders.

Again Thanks for all you do and risk.

Robert Schroeder, Edison, Ohio
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Thank you for everything you do every day to protect our forests. With the thousands of careers there are to choose from, you chose to pursue a career that impacts our lives and the lives of generations to come. You are respected and appreciated! From my family to yours, THANK YOU!

Amanda Eastin, Schertz, Texas
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