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05/20/2014 06:24 pm ET Updated May 20, 2014

Firefighter Posts Selfie After Battling Blaze, Gets Thousands Of Grateful Messages On Viral Pic

It's midday. Smoke drifts around you and your exhausted fellow firefighters. You snap a quick picture of yourself to let your wife and three kids know you're OK.

More than four days and 35,000 "likes" later, that unassuming photo has become a sounding board for people eager to say "thank you" to the firefighters battling multiple blazes in Southern California.

The photo, reposted from the original firefighter, identified by ABC News as Tim Bergon, now overflows with more than 1,000 comments -- all full of gratitude and messages of support.

"Thank you to each and every one of you brave souls putting YOUR lives on the line to fight for people/property that you'll never know - YOU are AMAZING!" reads one message.

Adds another, "Thank you from Colorado - folks like you have saved our homes and families more times than we can count. God bless and kick butt!"

"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," Monica Calles, the owner of the brewery that reposted the photo, told CBS8 in a segment on the now viral selfie. "I think the word everybody was thinking is, 'thank you, thank you', you can't really say thank you enough."

If only all selfies could be this awesome.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of many firefighters, the Cocos Fire, where this selfie was taken, was 91 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon.

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