All of us in the firefighting community share a major sense of family, and we all grieve when one of our own goes down. We’ve lost quite a few this year, and the season’s far from over
I just about lose it every time I hear about another fatality. Right after the grief comes this terrible frustration, this sense that I can’t do a damn thing for the loved ones left behind.
The Wildland Firefighter Foundation is an all-volunteer group of fire people who raise money for two major projects: the monument at NIFC and the firefighter family fund. From this fund, replicas of the monument bronzes are sent to the family of each firefighter who is killed. Checks are cut and emergency financial assistance is sent to the survivors.
I can’t send a couple thousand dollars to the family of a firefighter who dies on the line. What I found I can do, however, is contribute to this family fund. Here’s two ways to do it. Go to the Foundation page at www.wffoundation.org/Merch/pin.htm and buy yourself some of the new memorial pins. I just ordered ten, and I’ll bet you have friends and family who might wear them, too. The entire five bucks per pin goes to the families — there is no “administrative overhead” with this foundation.
The other thing you can do is hike yourself to the nearest U.S. Bank and make a donation to account number 153351069551 for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation “Firefighters Help Fund.”
Do it today.