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Students rally to thank Herriman firefighters

By Jennifer Stagg | Posted - Sep. 24, 2010 at 6:10 p.m.


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HERRIMAN -- It's been a rough week for fire crews battling the Machine Gun fire in Herriman. Friday, some elementary school students wanted to thank the emergency crews for their efforts.


They're really cool ‘cause they safe people's lives like all the time.

–Providence Hall student.


Providence Hall Elementary School's principal said every single student in the school wrote a thank you card. They say they are so grateful to the crews for risking their lives to save their community.

With all the cheering and chanting Friday morning, you would have thought Miley Cyrus had just at the school. But the honored guests were not rock stars. They were firefighters -- a few of the brave who are battling the blaze in the hills just above the school.

"They were able to save a lot of kids' houses and our school," one student said.

Providence Hall was one of the schools evacuated, along with thousands of residents. The flames were headed straight for the neighborhoods below, but thanks to the firefighters only three homes perished.

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"They're really cool ‘cause they safe people's lives like all the time," another student said.

The students showed their appreciation using markers and paper to make signs, and they gave the firefighters handshakes and high-fives.

The students' handiwork will hang in dinner pavilion to remind the crews out in the field they're hard work hasn't gone unnoticed.

"We have so many students here who were directly impacted by the fire. So for them, it wasn't hard for them to come up with a thank you letter," said Principal Mark Johnson.

To these kids, and the residents in Herriman, the firefighters are heroes who deserved a hero's welcome.

"When they take the time to do this, it means a lot. It's touching," said Herriman fire Capt. Scott Shaw.

The crews have received letters and thank you posters from schools around the area. They say it really means a lot.

E-mail: jstagg@ksl.com

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