Vandals Target Signs Thanking First Responders After California Fire by Cutting Out Mentions of "Police"

Vandals Target Signs Thanking First Responders After California Fire by Cutting Out Mentions of "Police"

Earlier this month, the third deadliest wildfire in California history  tore through Sonoma County, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. So far, nearly 7,000 buildings were destroyed and at least 42 people have lost their lives to the raging inferno. Officials say the valuation of lost property will exceed $3 billion. Over 15,000 people still remain displaced.

Of course, as horrific as the fires have been, countless lives have been saved by first-responders. Fireighters dove in to battle blazes. Police officers stepped up patrols to evacuate affected areas and stop looters. Paramedics and doctors worked around the clock to save lives.

To express their gratitude, local residents hung signs from a freeway overpass thanking the brave heroes that kept them safe. You’d think this was an opportunity for decency and unity. You’d be wrong: 

The story is simple, yet hard to believe — one or more vandals trawled up and down the overpass, meticulously cutting out every instance of the word “police” from the signs, leaving gaping holes. 

Such is the ignorance of the anti-police left that even as police officers risk their lives to save others, they must still be demonized.  Never has policing been a more thankless job.

In a twist of poetic justice, it would appear from blood stains observed near the vandalized signs that whoever was responsible cut themselves pretty badly. Let’s hope that they realized the reason they’ll make it home safe that day isn’t thanks only to firefighters or paramedics, but the men and women of law enforcement as well.

Stay alert. Stay alive.

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