Spring 2021 Newsletter

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With Your Help…

As the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation enters its 30th year of service, we remain committed to our core mission and values. With help from our staff, volunteers, affiliates and partners, your extra efforts and dedication to our mission ensured that we would not just survive the time of COVID but surpass expectations.

Together, we made an impact. Thank you!
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International Firefighters' Day 2021

Global Day of Gratitude Honors Firefighters Past, Present, and Future

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation again takes part in International Firefighters’ Day

International Firefighters’ Day is a time where the world recognizes and honors the sacrifices firefighters make to ensure their communities are safe. This day of recognition is at the core of what the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation does. Our mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen firefighters, assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and prevent firefighter injuries and deaths.

 

NFFF Board Spotlight

Troy Markel
Chairman, Board of Directors

I grew up in a small town called Loganville, Pennsylvania, which is in south central Pennsylvania. And believe it or not, it happens to be the hometown of Mr. Arthur Glatfelter, Founder of Glatfelter Insurance Group (who also served on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors). So, it was an interesting place to live in the sense of a very small community. No traffic light whatsoever. I lived there with my parents and my sister, attended high school there and played baseball. Afterwards, I went to college and I ended up with a mathematics degree.

I think I would like to build out more of our Fire Hero programs. It’s very difficult to lose someone that you loved in a line-of-duty death, and it’s difficult to overcome. It’s important that we do all we can to help them in not only their grieving process, but to let them know that we’re here to support them in anything that they may need to try to get them back to some sense of normalcy.

 

Chief Dennis Compton

Glatfelter Award Recognizes Chief Dennis Compton’s Extraordinary Service to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is pleased to present the 2020 Arthur J. Glatfelter Distinguished Service Award to Chief Dennis (Denny) Compton, former Chairman of the NFFF Board of Directors.

Read More About Chief Compton & the Glatfelter Award

 

Deputy Fire Chief Billy Goldfeder, NFFF Board Member, Receives the Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award

Chief Goldfeder’s contributions to firefighter safety, health, and survival capture the spirit of the Mason Lankford Award, which embraces the importance of advocacy and leadership on behalf of all firefighters and emergency services personnel.

Learn About Chief Goldfeder & the Mason Lankford Award

Deputy Chief William Goldfeder, EFO
Fire Hero Family Programs News
Columbia Southern University Scholarship Fund

The NFFF/CSU Scholarship Could Be Yours, Apply Today

The CSU/NFFF Scholarship covers up to 60 credit hours toward one online degree program and will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition for up to three years or until the completion of the selected online degree program, whichever comes first.

 

Fire Hero Family Featured Events

Hal Bruno Comfort Zone Camp for Children of Fallen Firefighters

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Hal Bruno Comfort Zone Camp 2021 is for the children of fallen firefighters, ages 7-17; or 18, if attending high school. Like our in-person camp, this virtual program is designed to empower children to grieve, heal, and grow in healthy ways. We hope you will join us on June 26, 2021, for a chance to be together, while apart; visit with your friends, big buddies, and welcome new campers.

Hal Bruno Comfort Zone Camp 2021

Men Forging Ahead – Bring Your Best Burger

A Monthly Series for Fire Hero Family Men

Men Forging Ahead:
Bring Your Best Burger

Bring your best burger and brag about why it’s the greatest at 3:00 pm (ET) on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Join the NFFF’s Eric Nagle as he hosts the monthly Men Forging Ahead virtual meeting to promote the support benefits that comes from unity within the Fire Hero Family community!


Monthly Support for Fire Hero Families

Remembrance Groups

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. This new effort to help support family members during the anniversary month of their firefighters’ death. Each month we will hold a virtual support group for families whose firefighter died during that month.

Monthly Remembrance Groups
Other Upcoming Virtual Support Groups

Virtual Facilitated Support Groups

Facilitated Support Group
September 21, 2021, 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Facilitated Support Group
September 28, 2021, 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Facilitated Support Group
October 5, 2021, 8:00pm – 9:00pm

October Remembrance Group
October 10, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Facilitated Support Group
October 12, 2021, 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Virtual Peer Support Groups

Virtual Peer Support Group
September 22, 2021, 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Virtual Peer Support Group
September 29, 2021, 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Virtual Peer Support Group
October 6, 2021, 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Virtual Peer Support Group
October 13, 2021, 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Virtual Peer Support Group
October 20, 2021, 8:00pm – 9:30pm

 

Fire Service Programs News

Legacies in Leadership

Legacies in Leadership Speakers Page

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Launches “Legacies in Leadership” Website

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is proud to announce the “Legacies in Leadership” website, which contains thoughts and advice from the past and present fire service leaders to the next generation of fire service influencers.

 

Memorial Monday

Memorial Monday

Memorial Monday was established to remember the sacrifice of firefighters who died in the line of duty before the National Memorial was created in 1981. On the last Monday of every month, a firefighter, or groups of firefighters, will be remembered through information located about the firefighter and their sacrifice.

The Texas City Disaster

April 16, 1947
Texas City Volunteer Fire Department (TX)

The Texas City Disaster is the nation’s worst industrial disaster which injured over 3,500 and claimed the lives of 568, including 27 Texas City firefighters.

 

Incident Commander-to-Incident Commander Webinar Series

In the Incident Commander Webinar Series National LAST Coordinator Ian Bennett and special guests discuss the incidents, their aftermath, the impact it had, and offer insight into what happens when an incident commander suffers a line-of-duty death on their watch.

This webinar features a discussion with Deputy Chief James Forgo about a Prince William County fire that resulted in a line-of-duty death Technician I Kyle Robert Wilson on April 16‚ 2007.

IC to IC Network

 

Did You Know, on Average, it Takes About 60 Days to Form a Habit?

Join us as we begin our 60-day NFFF 2-Pound Challenge. Whether you want to lose weight, exercise more, clear away clutter, or just relax a bit more, this challenge is for you. Starting off with small goals can lead to big accomplishments!

 

National First Responder Covid-19 Grant Relief Program

The National First Responder Covid-19 Grant Relief Program has been established to provide financial support to first responders and their families in need during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This micro-grant application will be open until funding is no longer available.

First Responder Center for Excellence News

First Responder Center for Excellence Featured Events

2021 Virtual National Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium

May 24 – 27, 2021

Researchers will deliver the latest information regarding behavioral health in the fire service and disseminate best practices to enable attendees to transition the known scientific evidence about behavioral health into actionable activity at the department level and provide important information about COVID-19 and insight into what the pandemic has taught us.


National Firefighter Cancer Symposium 2021

June 10 – 12, 2021
Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South
4955 Kyngs Heath Road
Kissimmee, FL 34746

Firefighter Cancer Symposium

The 2021 National Firefighter Cancer Symposium 2021 will be jointly hosted by the First Responder Center for Excellence and the Firefighter Cancer Initiative at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event will focus on the most current research and cancer prevention practices in the fire service.

 

First Responder Center for Excellence Welcomes Board Members

First Responder Center for Excellence
The First Responder Center for Excellence®, a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation affiliate organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members. Fire Chief John Butler of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Jeff Fackler, Director of North America Business Development for Dupont Personal Protection™, and Dave Halfpenny, Vice President of U.S. Accident & Health Underwriting, AXIS Insurance, were appointed to the FRCE during their April Board Meeting.

 


Ways to Help

9/11 20th Anniversary Commemorative Challenge Coin

Order Your 9/11 20th Anniversary Commemorative Challenge Coin

This two inch 9/11 20th Anniversary Commemorative Challenge Coin features a 3D rendering of the 9-11 Memorial in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is solid brass, with dual-plated gold and silver finish, and with beveled edges and cut out details.
 

You Can Remember Fallen Firefighters With Bricks On the Walk Of Honor®

Although the pandemic kept us from gathering in person in October 2020, the NFFF produced the video program America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters, commemorating the 103 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2019 and previous years. You can join in honoring these heroes by placing a brick in their memory on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park’s Walk of Honor® for a donation of only $100. As part of the Honor a Hero brick program, you may choose to honor a specific fallen firefighter; or just choose to donate to help us make sure all 103 firefighters are honored.

Honor a Hero

 

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Is Proud to Recognize Our Inspiring Donors in a New Way

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) introduces the NFFF Giving Circle, honoring donors who give $1,000 or more a year. The Giving Circle’s four levels are designed to offer exclusive opportunities for greater involvement with the NFFF. If your circumstances allow it, we hope you will consider becoming a member.

NFFF Giving Circle

 

Creators of the New Film SILO Partners with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is proud to partner with film distributor Oscilloscope on the release of their new film SILO on May 7th. The creators of this upcoming motion picture, inspired by true events, will be donating 5% of the price from the rental of the film to the NFFF.

 

Fill the Boot

Fill the Boot for Fallen Firefighters

A time-honored tradition in the Fire Service, “Fill the Boot” campaigns traditionally raised funds in the community that were crucial for maintaining a fire department including equipment, apparatus, and other department needs. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation asks you to be hero everyday in our community by starting your own fundraiser.
Fill the Boot
Debit Card

Honoring Heroes. The Thin Red Line Debit Card.

The Thin Red Line Debit Card is the first in our series of community checking accounts. Honoring our everyday heroes and supporting organizations with every purchase. Firefighters and their family members can pay with pride while supporting the NFFF.
» Open Yours Today!

 

Upcoming Events

2021

2021 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs

July – October 2021
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


40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

October 2 – 3, 2021
NETC – Emmitsburg, MD
Every October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year.
» Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters
» Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters


View All Upcoming Events

Men Forging Ahead – Bring Your Best Burger


Hal Bruno Comfort Zone Camp 2021



Legacies in Leadership


2021 NFFF Memorial Golf Tournaments


Honor a Hero



9/11 20th Anniversary Commemorative Challenge Coin