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Students thank firefighters


In honor of National Day of Service and Remembrance, area students decided to serve those who serve the community.

Normally firefighters are the ones out helping the community but today a group of students helped the firefighters at the Central Fire Station in Wausau.

Students from Wausau Area Montessori Charter School had a list of chores - washing trucks and cleaning floors. "It's ok. It's not that hard, but it's fun," said fourth grader Alek Zavadoski. It was their way to give back to those who keep us safe. "We just wanted to come here and do some service for these firemen," said Zavadoski.

Deputy Fire Chief Phil Rentmeester said he welcomed their offer to help clean the firehouse.

"They really got a taste of what a firefighter's life is like when they are not responding to emergency calls," said Rentmeester.

The kids were met with a few challenges, like cleaning up in the high spots.

But the favorite chore was obvious. "No doubt about it, I think the kids loved spraying the water on the fire truck. They had a good time doing that," said Rentmeester.

Today's trip to the fire station was a way to teach these young students about the sacrifices firefighters made on 9/11. "For the younger folks to keep in mind that the fire service and the law enforcement community has suffered tragedy in the past on a great scale and keep in mind that there are people out there protecting them each day but there is danger that goes along with that job that they do hold," said Rentmeester.

It was also a way for the students to show their appreciation for those sacrifices. "Thank you," was the loud message the students left with the firefighters.

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