All the best to Cathy and Linda

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirements of two extraordinary National Fallen Firefighters Foundation staff members, Cathy Hedrick and Linda Hurley. We are grateful for all they have done to advance the Foundation’s programs, while always keeping us mindful that our greatest service is helping the survivors navigate their new journeys. We will miss their keen insights, dedication, and compassion.

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The Foundation Trumpet - Online Newsletter

The Foundation Trumpet

Read the Fall 2016 Online Newsletter

Get an inside look at how the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is fulfilling its mission. If you do not already subscribe to our online newsletter click here to sign up for regular updates on our programs and services.

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#FireHeroTuesday2016 Kicks Off a Season to Give to the NFFF

Honor firefighters who have given their lives protecting their communities and assist their families this holiday season.
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2016 National Fallen Firefighters Tree Lighting

2016 National Fallen Firefighters Holiday Tree LightingSend an Ornament in Memory of Your Fire Hero

For Our Survivors

Coping with the Holidays

It’s that time of year again — holidays, shopping, songs, food, parties. Memories, dread, sadness, obligations, forced cheer. Wherever you are in your own journey, it’s good to anticipate that there will be some tough moments and to have a plan in place to deal with those.
» Resources: For Coping with Holidays
» Create: An Ornament for Your Hero
» Attend: 2016 Tree Lighting on Dec. 8
» Watch: Video of the 2015 Tree Lighting


Call to Action for Holiday Safety Following Tragic Maryland Fire

Sher Grogg talks about how she lost her brother, sister-in-law, and their four grandchildren in a devastating Christmas tree fire in 2015. She offers holiday safety tips so that other families do not have to experience this tragedy.

New firefighter tribute video kicks-off NFFF fundraiser

Singer/songwriter Dave Carroll’s new music video, “The Fallen and the Brave” honors firefighters who died in the line of duty.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and The First Responder Center of Excellence Seek Interested Candidates

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and The First Responder Center of Excellence are currently accepting letters of interest and resumes for multiple positions.

A National Tribute to 112 Fire Heroes

On October 9, 2016, 112 firefighters who died in the line of duty were officially honored at the 35th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
» Full Coverage of the National Tribute
» Watch the Candlelight & Memorial Services


2016 National Fallen Firefighters Holiday Tree Lighting

December 8, 2016
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel
Each year the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation decorates Holiday Trees in memory of our fallen firefighters.
» Send an ornament for your fallen hero

NFFF 2017 – 2018 Scholarship Applications Accepted

January 1 – April 1, 2017
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation offers financial assistance for post-secondary education and training to spouses, life partners, children and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Firehouse World 2017

Feburary 7 – 8, 2017
San Diego Convention Center – San Diego, CA
Visit the NFFF Booth.

FDIC 2017

April 24 – 29, 2017
Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
Visit the NFFF Booth #10074.
» 2017 FDIC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb