Make Your #GivingTuesday a #FireHeroTuesday

Make the Greatest Impact this #FireHeroTuesday

When you give this #FireHeroTueday, The Presto Foundation will match your donation to help firefighters and their families

On December 1, 2020, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) will again mark #GivingTuesday with #FireHeroTuesday, kicking off our holiday season of giving. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is excited to announce that The Presto Foundation will match all donations before December 31, 2020, up to $35,000.

Grieving During the Holidays

The holidays can be difficult when you are grieving. Michele Neff Hernandez, founder and CEO of Soaring Spirits International, has some gentle reminders for navigating the holiday season.

Find Some Extra Support for the Holiday Season

In addition to our weekly virtual support groups, you may wish to join us at a Fire Hero Family Holiday Support Group for some extra support with others who understand what you are facing.

Fire Hero Family Holiday Support Group
December 20, 2020 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST

Need immediate help? Access Crisis Intervention Resources

A Season of Gratitude

As most enter November and December with our minds on the holidays. We reflect on the year and consider our individual and collective blessings. For Fire Hero Families, the holidays don’t stop, but we try to reconcile our loss as the world around them shouts “joy,” “peace” and “love.” As with everything, the path varies for each individual. But to a person, despite overwhelming loss, there is, nonetheless, a sense of gratitude and blessing.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Do you want to strengthen your immune system, lower the level of cortisol (stress hormone) in your body, reduce depression, improve sleep, reduce your blood pressure, increase your self-esteem, and improve how you see the world? If yes, try the practice of gratitude. Grateful people tend to have more positive coping strategies, feel higher levels of control in their lives, deal with problems directly and effectively (vs. denying or avoiding), have more self-acceptance, see more purpose in their lives, and have fewer negative thoughts and a more positive outlook on life.

Tanisha Hall


Tanisha Hall says that gratitude is one of the most essential components to receiving blessings and shifting our perspective on life. So she decided to share what she was grateful for on social media and learned that there is always something to be grateful for! Write down/post what you are grateful for, no matter how big or small for the next 30 days including #30DaysofGratitude.

Sylvia Kratzke and Heather DePaolo-Johnny

Gratitude Growing from Grief

Sylvia Kratzke notes, that as you work through your grief and begin to resume your everyday life, the absurdity of the petty squabbling world around you becomes glaringly apparent. What is truly important becomes crystal clear. And that feeling stays with you as you continue your journey through grief, day by day, moving forward to new life, your first reason to be grateful.

The Foundation Trumpet Newsletter

The Foundation Trumpet Fall 2020 Edition

The Foundation Trumpet is the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s online quarterly newsletter. This is where you will find the latest news on how we are fulfilling our mission. Subscribe to our newsletters to stay connected with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Responding to Mass Violence Incidents: A Conversation with Those Who Have Been There

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Medical University of South Carolina’s National Crime Victims Research Center have produced a webinar focusing on several events that occurred where small and medium sized fire departments found themselves in the middle of some of the nation’s most horrific human tragedies.

Honor a Hero on the Walk of Honor®

This October, we pay tribute to the 103 firefighters who died in the line of duty while serving their communities as part of America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters. These men and women will be honored in Emmitsburg, Maryland at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in October 2021. You can join us in honoring a hero on our Walk of Honor® in National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park by placing a brick in their memory.

Roadway Safety Survey

Help Make Responders Safer on Our Nation’s Roadways

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is conducting a survey to gather data on responder fatalities, injuries, near misses, and struck-by incidents that have occurred during emergency response on our nation’s highways. The survey will be open until December 15, 2020.

NFFF Custom Guitar Sweepstakes

Support the Families of the Fallen and Enter for a Chance to Win

Now through December 31, 2020, you can enter for a chance to win a custom painted, one-of-a-kind Fender Stratocaster Guitar featuring the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation logo.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, the home of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, is closed to the public. Pending more information on this national emergency, we ask for your patience and understanding.


Adapt, Improvise, Overcome – Honoring Fire Heroes in the Time of Covid

Emmitsburg, Maryland was calmer than it should rightly have been on Saturday evening, October 3, 2020. What should have been a bustling National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend was instead a quieter time, as COVID-19 forced the cancellation of our official memorial events.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Maglite Honor Oshkosh Chief Michael Stanley with National Firefighter Hero Award

Chief Michael Stanley was honored with the National Firefighter Hero Award for his leadership in addressing fall prevention for older adults and many other contributions to the community.

Go Down Swinging – The Nathan Espinosa Story

On September 19, 2018, the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to a fire in a commercial structure. Within minutes of arrival, the department experienced a significant near miss event involving serious injury to one of its newest members. Rather than take the incident in stride as “part of the job,” LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas reviewed the incident and within ten days ordered a top to bottom cultural shift in the department’s response to structural fires. The story is a model of courageous leadership.

Reflection and Respect Nationwide

Starting on September 11, 2020 through the end of the year, join climbers nationwide in honoring our 9/11 heroes. In 2020, virtual climbers will bring this national remembrance to their communities, personalizing their journey to “Never Forget.”
» Register for the National Stair Climb
» View all 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs


#FireHeroTuesday 2020

December 1, 2020
Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back; communities around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. The NFFF will mark #GivingTuesday with #FireHeroTuesday.
» Help on #FireHeroTuesday & Beyond

2020 Fire Hero Family Tree Lighting

December 4, 2020 4:30 – 5:30 pm EST
Streamed on and NFFF Facebook

Each year, during the holidays, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation decorates trees in memory of our fallen firefighters. Please join us virtually on our website or Facebook for this beautiful annual tribute to our fallen firefighters.

National Stair Climb for Fallen Firefighters (Virtual)

September 11 – December 31, 2020
Starting on September 11, 2020 through the end of the year, join climbers nationwide in honoring our 9/11 heroes. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s stair climbs benefit the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the programs provided by the NFFF to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters.

2020 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs

June – October 2020
Locations Across the U.S.

The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs are not timed races, but a way for everyone to remember America’s fallen firefighters.
» Find a Stair Climb Near You Or Climb Virtually