California firefighter’s selfie spreads like wildfire

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

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

“We were kind of shocked at how people responded, honestly,” said Monica Calles, Plan 9 Alehouse owner. “But I guess it just really shows you how much that meant to everybody because of what they did.”

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,” said Calles.

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, concrete and even on top of a utility box.

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

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

“I think they were just really grateful,” said Calles. “I think the word everybody was thinking is ‘Thank you. Thank you.’ You can’t really say ‘Thank you’ enough.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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