The Foundation Trumpet Newsletter

The Foundation Trumpet Winter 2021 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.

Watch this Special Playlist & Find Journaling Activities

Grit, Growth, & Grace: For Widowed People

The NFFF introduced a series of virtual workshops designed to build community among Fire Hero Family members who have been widowed. Although the series ended in February 2021, we are pleased to offer these recorded sessions featuring Michele Neff Hernandez, the Founder and Executive Director of Soaring Spirits International.

Excellent program, right on target with issues we face.
Done in a very thoughtful and supportive manner.

Robin Hadaller: I Am Beyond Grateful for this Opportunity

Robin will graduate in June with her dual degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in American Sign Language, special education, and psychology. She will be accepted into Western Oregon University’s American Sign Language 2-year certification program. Her career goal is to find a profession that will allow her to use her dual degrees.

Find Other Educational Assistance

In addition to the Foundation’s scholarships, families of fallen firefighters may be eligible for educational assistance from other programs. Please contact these agencies and organizations directly for more information.
» PSOEA Program | State Benefits | W. H. McClennan Scholarship | 9/11 Promise Scholarships | Other Programs

“The Buck Stops Here” – Improving Firefighter and Community Safety

More than 70 years later, Truman’s legacy lives on in the form of the Truman Fire Forum Working Group. The group’s members are dedicated to preventing fires, advocating for safe communities, and preventing firefighter line-of-duty (LODD) deaths. The report from the Truman Working Group and its partner the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation focuses on promoting firefighter and community safety.

Fire Service Research Agenda & 18 Priorities for Fire Prevention

Truman Fire Forum Working Group - December 2019

Memorial Monday – Merrimac Street Fire

The Merrimac Street Fire started at the George Bent Bedding Company in the early morning hours of February 5, 1898. Many firefighters were injured on the scene and six made the ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial Monday

Honor a Hero on the Walk of Honor®

Last October, we paid 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.

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.


NFFF Launches Expanded Matching Gifts Program

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is announcing that supporters can now increase the power of their donations by double (or more!) through a its Matching Gifts Program.

NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Knights of Columbus Hall Fire

This webinar features Assistant Fire Chief Joe Ondrasek, Bryan Fire Department (TX), incident commander of a fire in a Knights of Columbus Hall where two firefighters died in the line-of-duty in Bryan, Texas on February 16, 2013.
» Watch the Recorded Webinar

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Welcomes New Advisory Committee Member

The NFFF is pleased to announce the appointment of Liza Aunkst to the Board of Directors’ Advisory Committee. Liza is the daughter of Firefighter Michael Aunkst, of the Benedict Volunteer Fire Department (NE), who died in the line of duty in 2005.

Help Shape the Future of the Fire Service

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will host the National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium virtually in February and March to prioritize research that promotes firefighter safety, wellness, and efficiency. This Symposium, which is composed of researchers and practitioners, will be held online from February 15 through March 10, 2021. We arer partnering with Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute to convene the program.


National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium 2021

February 15 – March 10, 2021

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) will host the National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium in February and March to prioritize an agenda that promotes firefighter safety, wellness, and efficiency.

Virtual Camp HAL March 2021

Parent Session – March 4, 2021 8:00 pm EST
Camp Session – March 6, 2021 2:00 pm EST

No need to wait until summer! With fewer opportunities for children to socialize and play this year, our Virtual Camp HAL events can serve as a catalyst to bring the children and their parent/guardians in our community together!

March Remembrance Group

March 14, 2021 3:00 pm EST
Virtual Support Group

We know that the anniversary of a loved one’s death often brings up a difficult mix of memories and emotions that results in a huge wave of grief. The NFFF has launched a new effort to help support family members during the anniversary month of their firefighters’ death.

IC-to-IC Discussion: Medical Office Building Fire

March 25, 2020 1:00 PM EST

This webinar features a discussion with Chief Scott Burnette and Deputy Chief Chris Budzinski of the Asheville Fire Department (NC) about a commercial fire that killed a firefighter in July 2011.