RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) — The massive fire that raged for hours in downtown Raleigh Thursday was devastating in many ways, but it could have been worse if it weren’t for the hundreds of firefighters and first responders who rushed toward the flames.

On Tuesday, the city made a point to say thank you to everyone involved in keeping the city safe that night and in the days following.

ABC11 was there as a downtown business owner delivered handmade thank-you cards from his patrons to the firefighters at Raleigh’s Station One on Dawson Street.

Downtown Raleigh business owners delivering #thankyou cards to firefighters today. “Best one so far” says @isaachunters owner: #raleighfirepic.twitter.com/PStzhSxYAA

— Andrea Blanford (@AndreaABC11) March 21, 2017

Zack Medford and his family then went to four more fire stations across the city, dropping off the cards made during a fundraiser he hosted alongside Clyde Cooper’s BBQ and The Big Easy last week.

Thanks to donations at the fundraiser, each of the five fire stations received $500 in grocery store gift cards; $500 was donated to the NC Fallen Fire Fighters Fund and another $500 to the Triangle Red Cross.

“This was the Raleigh community coming together and just trying to show them how much these guys mean to us,” said Medford.

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