We’re excited to share that Dean Erika James, of the Wharton School, will be giving our keynote address at the Innovation in Safety Symposium on June 29, 2022.
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National Remembrance of Fallen Firefighters Moves to May Starting in 2023
As we prepare for Memorial Weekend 2022 in October we’re looking ahead to next year and the start of a new National Fallen Firefighters Foundation tradition. Beginning in 2023 Memorial Weekend moves to May.
Memorial Monday – Barson’s Deli Fire (PA)
Four Philadelphia firefighters lost their lives at a 4-alarm fire at Barson’s Deli on May 16, 1976.
Identity and Sense of Self in Widowhood
In March, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation hosted a virtual support workshop featuring Michele Neff Hernandez, who was recently named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2021. This workshop focused on how the death of a spouse or partner not only turns our world upside down, but it also re-shapes us as individuals. One of the most important elements of grief recovery is coming to know, appreciate, and respect the new self.
NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Howard County Residential Structure Fire (MD)
This discussion features Chief John Butler, who recalls the line-of-duty death of Lt. Nathan “Nate” Flynn on July 23, 2018 at a residential structure fire.
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Gratitude Tour: From Sea to Shining Sea
Juliann Ashcraft and her husband Andrew were twenty-somethings with four young children when he died in the line of duty in Prescott, Arizona on June 30, 2013. In fact, he was one of 19 wildland firefighters who died in the line of duty that day, with just one member of the crew surviving. Overwhelmed with gratitude for the strangers who sent letters and cards and offered support, Ashcraft converted a 40-foot Greyhound bus into a home on wheels and hit the road with her kids on a gratitude tour that would take them across the United States. Juliann wrote about the tour on a blog, and in this episode she talks about how she’s always used her writing to process her thoughts and feelings. She also describes how she recently added the word “gift” to her personal definition of the word “grief”—for without her experience of losing Andrew, she would not be who she is today.
Join with the NFFF on May 4th for International Firefighters’ Day
This is a worldwide day to recognize those men and women of the fire service for their dedication to public service and bravery in keeping us safe.
NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Sun Prairie Natural Gas Explosion (WI)
This discussion features Chief Chris Garrison, of the Sun Prairie Fire Department (WI), who recalls a natural gas explosion that resulted in the line-of-duty-death of Captain Cory Barr and the injury of another firefighter on July 10, 2018.
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Memorial Monday – Davidson Theatre Fire (WI)
Nine Milwaukee firefighters died in a collapse at the Davidson Theatre Fire on April 9, 1894.
Following in the Footsteps of Service
Fire Hero family members often continue their loved one’s commitment to service. This episode focuses on two daughters of fallen firefighters who both lost their dads to heart attacks in the line of duty—in separate incidents, two years and hundreds of miles apart. Liza Aunkst ’s father, Mike, was a volunteer firefighter in Benedict, Nebraska; Rachel Prouty’s dad was fire chief in Brownsville, NJ. But the two young women became friends at NFFF’s Young Adult Retreat, an annual program that helps young people gain skills to deal with grief and build support systems as they move forward into full independence. Today, the young women have more than friendship and a similar story in common. Looking toward meaningful careers, both have chosen social work as their field. Hear them share their experiences of growing up amidst a dedication to service, finding connections to help face the future—and how legacy has played a role in each of their lives.