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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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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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With all things going on in the world today, it's easy to take for granted those whose job is to put themselves at risk. My family and I want you all to know that you are greatly appreciated for everything you've done and continue to do to protect us. We want you all to know that your strength and courage is needed in these trying times.

Edrich Saez, Sacramento, California
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Growing up in a rural area, wonderful times in childhood were spent exploring in the woods. As we later started visiting State and National parks our small days of exploration expanded to hiking and viewing animals in their natural habitats. For the work you do every day to protect not only Natures wonders but the world around us....THANK YOU!

Lori Walters, Charlotte, North Carolina
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I had an opportunity as a Verizon employee today to thank you for your work and dedication in protecting our forests and parks. The work is certainly hard, demanding, and dangerous. I am 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!

Diane Costa-Casassa, Highland Village, Texas
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Your hard work in protecting natural habitats and forests is enjoyed by so many. Thank you for what you are doing for our world. You are amazing.

Anonymous, Natick, Massachusetts
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Thank you so much for everything you do, for the many hours, for putting yourself in harms way to protect others. My family and neighbors were evacuated due to a fire. We watched hour by hour/day by day as the Firefighters worked ceaselessly to protect life and structures. I know that I'm not alone in the appreciation for what you do, every day.

Charlie Schwartz, South Lake Tahoe, California
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My name is Jeff and I live in Washington State. I just wanted to say thank you for all the work and dedication you put in fighting forest fires. As the ash was falling at our house and the smell of smoke was in the air, I couldn't help but think of the people fighting the fires and the long hours you were probably working. Thank you so much! - Jeff

Anonymous, Washington
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National Forests cover 193 million acres of the United States – that’s the size of Texas!

Thank you for all that you do fighting wildfires. I love traveling the American West and viewing all of the beauty we have throughout this country so thank you again for your sacrifice and dedication.

Anonymous, Aurora, Colorado
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Thank you for your sacrifices and dedication to our National Forests! You protect my favorite place from my home state - Custer State Park in South Dakota. Really large fires have been a big issue for longer than we would like in the past few years, so thank you for continuing to be on the front lines & guarding our heritage!

Jennifer Berglund, Cibolo, Texas
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Hello, I go by Vinny. I would like to Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so selfless!! You truly are heroes!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Thank you.

Vinayak Muthal, Coppell, Texas
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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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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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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? Two guys walked into a bar. The third guy ducked! :D Thank you again and keep up the good work!

Anonymous, Searcy, Arkansas
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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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Thank you for all your do! Your efforts to save and protect our forrests is unsurpassed. We get to enjoy many locations while vacationing because of all that your do. The forrest is a great place for stress relief and taking in great sites while winding down. Your time away from your family, allows the world to enjoy nature as it should be. TY!

Anonymous, Hudson, Florida
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Hello There! Thanks for your contrinution and great work in keeping our forests safe and healthy! They are so beautiful! I remember when I was a kid walking tiredlessly (almost!) through the forests, especially during fall, playing among the leaves and enjoying the colors! Thanks for helping the next generation to build great memories too! Thanks!

Christophe Le Scanve, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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Dear Firefighter,

I am writing to thank you for your dedication preserving forests, keeping wildlife safe and the sacrifice you make in putting yourself in harms way to do so. Walking through a forest connects us to nature and gives us time to disconnect and reflect on the beauty of the earth. Thanks for all you do!

Anonymous, Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
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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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Thank you for continuing to give me - and more importantly my children - to have access to our amazing forests. Without the sacrifices you make we wouldn't have access to them. Seeing first hand some of the devastation from forest fires really hits home how critical your role in one of our nations greatest gifts is. THANK YOU and stay safe!

Anonymous, 76244, Texas
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Trees convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and remove harmful pollutants from the air, acting as a natural air filter.

I appreciate this time of year because of the beauty in the landscape and envy that you get to wee it everyday. You are an AMERICAN HERO to me! If ever you doubt that remember you make a difference daily for folks like me who don't know your name but reap the benefits of your labor of love. THANK YOU

Claudia Correia, High Bridge, New Jersey
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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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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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Hello Firefighters, I am forever grateful for all you do to prevent and fight fires. We live in California, and every time we go to Tahoe, we feel sad for the deforestation due to the fires but also grateful for all the work you do to put out these fires. Please don't discourage, we need you. Wishing you a safe, happy and long life. Thanks Susana

Anonymous, Walnut Creek, California
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I appreciate this time of year because of the beauty in the landscape and envy that you get to live it everyday.

Robert Schroeder, Edison, Ohio
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