Celebrities use exhausted firefighters’ viral photo to express their gratitude to US heroes

Junie Sihlangu
Nov 15, 2018
11:37 A.M.

In Southern California, two wildfires named the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire, are currently burning through the state. The blaze has forced thousands of people in the area to flee their homes for safety.


Some of the people who were affected were celebrities. A few of them have taken to social media with an old firefighter photo to thank the men and women who’ve been fighting these flames.

In December 2017, an image featuring the first responders from the Tehachapi Wildland Fire Crew 11, was shared on Instagram by the Kern County Fire Department. The photo was posted online to make the public aware of how the local firefighters had fought the Thomas Fire in Montecito, California.

The picture showed the firefighters lying on their equipment and bags as they slept on the grass outside. The service people had tirelessly worked several 24-hour shifts to maintain the blaze.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. That same image has since resurfaced with people across the nation using it to express their gratitude for the firefighters in Southern California.


The recent blaze tour through Los Angeles County, Ventura County, and Newbury Park. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes as a result.


People who’ve shared their gratitude with the firefighters using the 2017 image included “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy, 32, and actor Kevin Hart, 39.


Both stars honored the firefighters for their work and thanked them for all they’ve already done. Journalist Maria Shriver, 63, also took to Instagram to share her own multi-photo tribute to the service people.

She wrote:

“They are still fighting. While we sleep they work, they keep on. We owe our safety to them and our hopes are with them. Thank you to California’s best!”


By Monday morning, the Woolsey Fire had burned through 91,572 acres and was only 20 percent contained. The Hill Fire has spread over 10,000 acres in the Newbury Park area.

A number of Southern California residents’ homes were burned down by the Woolsey blaze. Some celebrities who were affected included former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Camille Grammer and Gerard Butler.

Alyssa Milano, Rainn Wilson, Eddie McClintock, and the Kardashians were also affected.

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