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SeaWorld grants free admission to first responders and their families who worked fires

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By City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - SeaWorld San Diego announced Tuesday that public safety workers and their families will receive free admission in June and July, in tribute to the first responders who fought the outbreak of wildfires around the region two weeks ago.

Free admission will be granted to a first responder and three immediate family members through July 31, according to the theme park.

"We want to show our appreciation for the tireless efforts of our firefighters and other emergency workers during the recent fires," said park President John Reilly. "Our hope is that these courageous first responders and their families will come to SeaWorld, share time with one another and create memories that last a lifetime."

Eligible agencies include all fire departments in the San Diego region, along with Cal Fire, the state Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, state Parks Bureau and Bureau of Indian Affairs, area police departments, Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security, employees of emergency medical services and 911 dispatchers, according to SeaWorld.

Those who wish to take advantage of the offer need to register online at www.seaworld.com/wildfireworkers, print a voucher and bring it, photo identification and documents that verify their employment to the park.

SeaWorld offered a similar deal after the firestorms of 2003 and 2007.

"This is our way of saying `thank you,"' Reilly said.

Around a dozen wildfires broke out during hot, windy weather beginning May 13, scorching thousands of acres and burning dozens of North County homes. Many other structures were saved by the first responders, and no lives were lost.

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