Generally people call the fire department when things are at their worst. We meet people when they are in crisis: an injury, severe medical problem or everything they own might be threatened by fire. We don't do what we do for the thank you's. But occasionally we receive a note or a card. It is nice to hear from people (in calmer times) just how much what we do can affect them and their lives.
You are more than welcome!!
In April of this year my husband and I made a long drive to Rochester, Minnesota. After approximately 17 hours of driving, and two and half years of being undiagnosed by my local physicians, we arrived not knowing what to expect. I was scheduled to see a Doctor at The Mayo Clinic. We wanted only one thing, an answer as to why I had been getting sicker and sicker as each day passed with no explanation. We were there for 2 weeks. While we got that answer, we also got something SO MUCH more.
My husband is a local firefighter here in Ridgeland, Mississippi. When we got to Rochester, he remembered a fellow firefighter by the name of Chuck Hermann that works in Rochester, at Station #1. After getting in touch with him, our lives changed dramatically. Chuck, his wife, their friends, family, and several other Rochester firefighters rallied around us, and made us feel like “VIP”. Instead of our concentration being on the many tests, doctor appointments, and what my illness may truly be, we thought about the love and compassion that these strangers in Rochester were showing us. Our hearts were filled with an amazement that continues to this day. Our worries about the outcome of that visit changed to excitement about being there. An excitement that grew even deeper when I wasn’t diagnosed with a fatal disease, but instead an illness that has a cure. Part of that cure beginning even before the diagnoses, with strangers showing so much love for my husband and I.
We want to thank Chuck & Pam Hermann, their friends, family, and all of the Rochester firefighters. We also want to thank Rochester for having such wonderful people who work and live in this great city. There are no words that describe the wonderful feeling we had while there, or the continued thankfulness we have today.
-Thanks From Todd & Terryl in the State of Mississippi!
A small thank you for getting me up and out of the street Tuesday October 16th. I hope this (donation) will help out in some fund you might have to help someone in your line of work in need.
-Thank you again, Earl R. Lewis, Rochester, MN.
Fire Department Staff members - A note to express our 'thanks' for making an appearance at our 3rd annual Neighborhood National Night Out event held at Good Shepard Lutheran Church. We had around 220 people in attandance on a beautiful summer evening with an awesome sunset overlooking our fine city. Thanks for all that you do!
-Gaylene Ryan, Evangelism Committee
Dear Members of the Rochester Fire Department - I don't even know how to put into words what your generosity meant to the families of Brighter Tomorrows. Thank you so very much for taking the time to bring the Rescue Unit and Fire Engine to the IBM Park last Sunday, for the Brighter Tomorrows' picnic. What a surprise for the children! I heard many of them telling their parents how cool it was to be able to "drive" a real fire truck. They loved getting to wear the gear, talk with the firemen and sit in the truck.
Thanks also for making all this happen on such short notice. Most of these children deal with cancer and its related treatments every day of their lives. Thanks for giving them a small reprieve from the seriousness of those realities.
- Sherrie Decker - VP Brighter Tomorrows
Rochester Fire Department, Thank You for all the Fire Department does for Rochesterfest. We greatly appreciate you providing the "first aid" crews during the week. It's a huge plus to have them on site and ready to help if needed.
Hosing off the picnic tables is a big plus and the kids love putting out the "fire" on Family Fun Night as well.
- Carole Brown
The Rochester Public Library Foundation greatfully acknowledges your generous support of our summer fundraising event, the Amusing Race, by providing fire fighter hats.The Amusing Race is intended to raise funds to support the missions and vision of the Rochester Public Library Foundation. Thanks to your participation we raised almost $10,000 that will be used to augment collections, expand programs, and launch pilot projects that enrich the lives of the citizens of Olmsted County.....
Thank you so much for presenting fire extinguisher safety to P-B employees. It was one of our most popular classes this year! We sincerely appreciate the time and efforts of you and your men. Thanks also for all the Rochester Fire Department does to keep area residents and businesses safe.
-Jayne, Miliene, and Karen, P-B Human Resources
Thank you for your participation and support at the 15th Annual Transportation Fair held on Saturday, May 16, at Goose Egg Park, co-sponsored by PAIIR, the Rochester School District's Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program and Rochester Public Works.
PAIIR's mission is to strengthen families with young children through education and support. The Transportation Fair is a great way to reach many families by providing a fun, free activity for parents and children to do together.
The children (and parents) absolutely loved the vehicles displayed and the valuable resources available. We hope you enjoyed your time as well. This event simply would not be possible without your generous support. Your time, vehicle(s), and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated. We thank you, and the families of Rochester thank you. We hope to see you next year.
-Peggy O'Toole-Martin, PAIIR Program Manager
I just wanted to say thank you for the strobe smoke detector for my son. He is excited about getting it installed. As important as this is, it is something a person wants to have but doesn't spend the money to get it. Thanks so much for the extra effort into getting it to my son-in-law. I always knew that firefighters were "special people" - God Bless! Marcia Holland
I just wanted to write and say a huge THANK YOU to the team who was on the scene of my accident April 17 near Rocky Creek Drive NE. I was pretty upset at the time and did not properly thank everyone. I appreciate the care in which I was handled. Your professionalism is the BEST. Thanks to all who assisted me during that difficult time.
As you are aware, my husband Wayne Clark, passed away on June 7 after a 5 week illness with pancreatic cancer. Wayne was a retired RFD Captain, the father of retired Captain Russ Clark, and retired Battalian Chief Dan Dinneen's father-in-law. The Fire Department's presence and participation in Wayne's funeral was very important to our family. The "four 5s" alarm, honor guard, and trucks leading the procession to Calvary Cemetary were a very personal and meaningful tribute to Wayne.