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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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Hello - Thank you so much for all of the work you do & the sacrifices you & your family make to protect us from forest files. The forests are so beautiful & play a big part in keeping our ecosystem in balance. They provide enjoyment to so many people. I truly appreciate all of your efforts. Please be safe. Thank you.

Cynthia

Anonymous, 07901, New Jersey
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Dear Hero Firefighter! You are a hero walking amongst people. To put your life in peril to save people, pets, and the earth is such amazing act of selfishness. We are so grateful and thank you from the bottom our hearts! You are a true HERO! Thank you!

Anonymous, Excelsior, Minnesota
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I want to thank you for your choice to be a public servant first of all. And, I think you are the one of the great character to be so courageous and must have a big hear to put your own life on the line for the betterment of our communities. I want to thank you very much and absolutely appreciate all that you do.

Dino Amico, Mission Viejo, California
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You are a true hero. You are not only protecting our incredibly important forests, but you are saving families and their precious memories. I cannot imagine the dangerous situations that you encounter, but I am so incredibly grateful knowing you are there. Please be safe out there! Thank you for all that you do!

Anonymous, Huntersville, North Carolina
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I live in Florida and my grandfather and Uncle were fire fighters in the City of Detroit. My husband and I visited the Yellowstone/Grand Tetons this year.

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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Hi Firefighters.

I am forever thankfull for all the work you do and putting yourselves in danger to save people and our forests. I live in California and I am really grateful as we see the smoke conditions getting worse in the whole state, I cannot believe how would it be for you. Thank you! and wishing you a happy and long life. Susana

Anonymous, Walnut Creek, California
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I love nature and to be outside. Knowing that you are here to protect the forests and our Earth is truly comforting. Thank you so much for what you do every day. It is truly appreciated. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are an every day hero!

Margaret Salemi, New Jersey
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Thank you for taking care of our forests! Creatures great and small appreciate you. I take my family to the parks every chance I get. We recently completed our annual drive through to see the beauty of the colors or the changing leaves before they fall. Our nature is precious and truly an oasis for many to escape the indoors.

Jake Thomas, Greenwood, Indiana
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Trees convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and remove harmful pollutants from the air, acting as a natural air filter.

My name is Mohamed and on behalf of Verizon, my family, and I. We are grateful for the work you do in our community. Thank you for helping others when they can't help themselves, for showing up to difficult situations ready to help, and for being a hero to those in need.

Thank you for all you do!

Mohamed Shaaban, Southfield, Michigan
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THANK YOU. For saving Forest THANK YOU. for risking your lives for others THANK YOU for serving others before your need.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

Chirnav Master, 07054, New Jersey
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I got an opportunity to write this letter to you as someone who enjoys and loves Nature and wildlife forests in our country. Going through all the fires and flames requires a brave heart. We appreciate you for your brave duty irrespective of all risks and dangers. I ask GOD for keeping you safe while you are doing your Job.

Anonymous, ALLEN, Texas
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I have the great pleasure of visiting the national forests in AZ. Coconino, Tonto, Prescott to name a few. Thank you for your firefighting efforts in our state. I wish you weren't so busy and I wish you didn't have to work in such dangerous conditions. Thank you for protecting us and our public lands.

Anonymous, Scottsdale, Arizona
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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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Quick note to THANK YOU for all of the work you have done, and currently do, battling forest fires and protecting lives. You ARE making a huge difference and your efforts are impacting so many! The risk you take in ensuring towns, cities, people, animals survive these fires is truly a heroic effort. Thank you and stay safe out there.

Dianne Baughman, Columbus, Ohio
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The work you do everyday is a labor of love! It is so much more than fighting fires, its protecting this great land for future generations. Thank you for the sacrifices you make for the faceless people like me who will never know you but benefit from your efforts. I appreciate YOU!! Your work matters. You are making a difference. SEJB

ShaRon Bynum, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Thank you very much for your service! I do not know you from Adam, but I am sure that what you do is even more respectful than what I do. How about a cheesy dad joke? I've been thinking about taking up meditation. I figure it is better than doing nothing! :D Thank you again and keep up the good work!

Anonymous, Searcy, Arkansas
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I am a mom of two girls and we spend much of our time hiking in the woods. Though the area where I live is not prone to fires, it is devastating to see what happens to our forests. What you do, day in and day out, risking your life for others is truly amazing and appreciated. Thank you so much for all you do. Truly!

Margaret Salemi, New Jersey
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Thank you for your service.

Anonymous, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
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There is nothing more peaceful and mentally restorative than walking through a forest. In the rain, sun or snow the ability to enjoy nature is a gift. Thank you so much for what you are doing for our world, protecting wildlife, native habitats and reducing the speed of climate change. You are making a bigger impact than you realize.

Anonymous, Natick, Massachusetts
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I live in NJ which is classified as Garden State full of parks and trees. I would like to thank each and every person for doing what you do to preserve nature and the trees. You all do not get enough credit for your work. Some of you put your lives at risk so the fires do not spread. Regards, An Employee from Verizon Wireless and a hiker

Kush Patel, Iselin, New Jersey
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Trees hold and purify water and stabilize soils, helping creeks and rivers run clear for the thousands of communities who depend on National Forests for clean water.

My family greatly thanks you for your services. You are keeping the forest alive for us and not letting it burn down. Thank you unknown American Hero. Be safe and know that someone does value your sacrifices.

Chirnav Master, 07054, New Jersey
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My husband and I visited the Glacier National Park in 2021. It was so beautiful. It is amazing the be in the forest and joy the peace and calm of the park.

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 for your work and dedication in protecting our forests and parks. We are grateful for your service to protect the forests, property, and people's lives. Thank you for your sacrifice and dedication. Stay safe, and Thank You!

Robert Schroeder, Edison, Ohio
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Dear Hero Firefighter! It takes such courage and dedication to do what you do. Most people run from danger, but you run towards it and save lives and save the earth. For that we are all so grateful. Be safe and just know we appreciate you more than you can ever know! Thank you!

Anonymous, Excelsior, Minnesota
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Thank you very much for your service! I do not know you from Adam, but I am sure that what you do is even more respectful than what I do. How about a cheesy dad joke? My boss asked me why I only get sick on work days. I said it must be my weekend immune system! :D Thank you again and keep up the good work!

Anonymous, Searcy, Arkansas
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