Atlanta Falcons players thank firefighters from I-85 collapse (Video)

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons surprised local firefighters with a big thank you for all their work during the Interstate 85 fire and bridge collapse.

Several players visited Fire Station 19 to personally thank the firefighters and bring them dinner.

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The players spent the afternoon hanging out at the station, taking pictures with the firefighters and even trying on their equipment.

“We’re here today to thank you guys for all that you do. I understand that you fought a little fire over there on the interstate a couple of weeks ago, but more importantly you guys need to be thanked for what you do each and every day,” one player said.

The Falcons posted the video on their social media pages.

"From our brotherhood to our brothers and sisters at Firehouses 4, 11, 15, 19, 21, 23 and 29 -- thank you for keeping us safe," they wrote in the video.


No one was injured when a portion of Interstate 85 collapsed on March 30. Firefighters who were underneath the bridge battling the blaze were all able to pull back in time.

The collapsed bridge caused a traffic mess across the city for six weeks as crews reconstructed several portions of the interstate. The northbound lanes reopened Friday and the southbound lanes on Saturday.

A homeless man, Basil Eleby, is facing arson charges in the fire. On Friday, his lawyers filed court papers asking for those charges to be dismissed.