California firefighter’s “selfie” goes viral

San Marcos firefighter Tim Bergon
San Marcos firefighter Tim Bergon

SAN MARCOS, CA (KFMB) — A picture of a California firefighter taking a break from battling a blaze in San Diego County has gone viral.

In this report, KFMB explains why it touched the hearts of so many people.

“He took that photo yesterday just to send to his wife,” Monica Calles, Plan 9 Alehouse said.

A quick selfie that San Marcos firefighter Tim Bergon took to let his wife know he was okay has gone viral on Facebook.

“We were kind of shocked at how people responded honestly. But I guess it just really shows you how much that meant to everybody because of what they did,” Calles said.

The owners of Plan 9 Alehouse in Escondido are friends with the firefighter and his family. They wrote “thank you” and posted Bergon’s selfie on their Facebook page.

“It touched us, so we passed it on,” Calles said.

In the photo, you see the father of three young kids sharing a smile with his family as he takes a much needed break surrounded by fellow firefighters resting on dry grass, even concrete and this one on top of a utility box.

“You see how exhausted they are it just makes you really, really grateful for all they do and they always do it,” Calles said.

Within a matter of hours this photo went viral receiving more than 30,000 likes on Plan 9 Alehouse’s Facebook page alone but shared and seen by thousands more on social media.

“I think they were just really grateful, I think the word everybody was thinking is thank you, thank you, you can’t really say thank you enough,” Calles said.

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