SAN ANTONIO -- On National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, a company based in San Antonio, decided all car washes for firefighters would be on the house all day Sunday.
Last year, 79 firefighters died in the line of duty across the nation. Five were from Texas.
"At first they're in shock a little bit. 'Really? Why?' 'Well because we love you!' It sounds cheesy but we really do appreciate what they do," said Josh McCooey, General Manager of Bee Clean Car Wash.
Even if customers weren't firefighters, Bee Clean Car Wash employees, with the help of the company's mascot, Beatrice Cleaner, worked to spread the word.
"Sometimes it's hard to understand what they go through day in and day out to serve our communities," said McCooey. "Waking up in the middle of the night when they hear their bells go off, everyone has their monitors. Sometimes I think that's missed. We don't forget that. We realize what it takes."
It's a small gift with a powerful meaning. Sunday, Bee Clean washed over 200 cars for San Antonio firefighters.
"It means that we're not being overlooked. It means the public really does respect our job and wants to give back to us," said firefighter, Roberta Cancio. "It's the little things that count. You know?"
This is the company's first time giving away free car washes to firefighters.
November 11, Veteran's Day, Bee Clean Car Wash will gift a free wash to all veterans and active duty military.
The company's owner, Bobby Nami, also gifts a free yellow and black Chevy Camaro to a lucky customer. Visit www.beecleanwash.com to learn more about the promotion and for a list of locations.
For more information on National Firefighters Memorial Weekend, visit http://www.firehero.org/events/memorial-weekend/.
For visuals of this year's memorial weekend, visit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's Twitter page: https://twitter.com/NFFF_News/status/785155200671776768/photo/1.
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