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Fire chief grateful for students' thank you letters

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Javier Mainar says it's not often he's moved to tears, but some heartfelt thanks did just that.

On Friday, the chief visited Gompers Prep Academy after receiving letters from an eighth grade class there. The students thanked firefighters who battled last month's wildfires, even though the school in Chollas View was a long way from the flames.

The chief says the words were very special.

"To have this hit your desk and read the raw heartfelt gratitude that was in the letters these eighth graders wrote, I mean it just... you think you're a tough guy, but sometimes things just get to you," Mainar said.

Teachers say the students also learned an important lesson in compassion.

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