HEB Shows Appreciation for Fire Fighters 9/11/13
CBS 7 News
September 11, 2013
Twelve years after the 9/11 attacks, West Texans show their appreciation for first responders.
Today at Fire Station 8 in Midland, CBS 7 witnessed that show of appreciation first hand.
The folks over at HEB adopt a neighborhood fire station each year on September 11th to return the favor for the fire fighters' hard work and dedication.
Fire fighters see their job as just that, a job, but their community sees it as so much more.
"It kind of humbles us a little because we're just doing our job," says Fire Captain Raymond Caza.
Since 9/11, HEB has made it a point to show first responders how much their duty means to the people.
"9/11 each year, when it comes around, it's a day to stop, take pause and reflect on our firefighters," says HEB General Manager Bob Murphy. "We come out and volunteer our time and service for our fire fighters. We'll do the dishes, we'll wash the fire trucks, we'll cut the grass."
Whatever they need done, HEB employees are there to help.
Vacuuming the hard to reach places and dusting the nooks and crannies.
The HEB team even provides the crew with a full-spread lunch. This year's menu included brisket and, of course, a cake.
"Itís a way to recognize and acknowledge those first responders who put their lives on the line everyday," says Murphy.
For fire fighters, it's an emotional day, thinking about their fallen brothers but, knowing their work is appreciated takes the weight off their shoulders.
"It makes you feel good. You say well, Iím glad someone saw what we're doing," says Caza.