Chairman Ronnie Lupe, White Mountain Apache Tribe
The most visible signs of strength of a firefighter is their willing sacrifice to serve. The White Mountain Apache Tribe is certainly grateful for the marvelous example of teamwork, dedication and call to serve in the field of firefighting.
The danger is there, yet their willing stamina to endure these circumstances is a testament to their integrity in their profession but also as an individual.
Central to this teamwork is the leadership of John Pierson and his Type 1 Southwest Incident Management Team 2. We are truly grateful for their service to achieve a greater purpose and goal, while mindful of the Tribe’s objectives. Their due diligence is handling the Cedar Fire is an example of their commitment to serve and the White Mountain Apache Tribe commends all who have played a role in the collaborative efforts during the Cedar Fire incident.
Let’s continue to pray for our firefighters, the team and first responders everywhere. The post fire emergency work is the next phase of work for the Tribe, as the monsoons will soon arrive and potential for flooding sets in. Our work is not done, however, take this opportunity to recognize the caliber of people who have assisted us during this time.
Mayor Daryl Seymore, Show Low
On behalf of the City of Show Low and all of our neighbors in the White Mountains we want to thank everyone who has reached out to offer support during the Cedar Fire.
We especially want to thank John Pierson and his Type 1 team, along with all the local firefighters and support crews for their diligent efforts to keep our communities safe during this event. Thank you seems so little for those who have done so much.
To all of our visitors, past, present and future, we welcome you to our outdoor playground that is beautiful and green and ready to enjoy.
Come and enjoy the events, great weather and beautiful scenery of the White Mountains.
Mayor Greg Smith, Pinetop-Lakeside
Our White Mountain communities and businesses welcome you back with open arms! We thank you for your support and hope you will come enjoy the beautiful green pine trees and cool temperatures!
Watch a thank you video that was put together by Mark Pieper, Visual Information Specialist for the U.S. Forest Service Technology and Development Center in Missoula, watch now.