Family Resources

Forever in Our Hearts®
Resources for Families of Fallen Firefighters


Families of fallen firefighters face a long and difficult journey. While the rest of the world moves on, family members must figure out how to live without their loved one. The Foundation offers a variety of programs and materials to help during this most difficult time.

Most importantly, we want you to know that you are not alone. There are others who understand your loss and honor your loved one’s memory.

Fire Service Survivor Programs

  • NFFF and Partner Scholarship Programs
    The Foundation offers financial assistance for post-secondary education and training to spouses, life partners, children and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Memorial.
  • Fire Service Survivors Conference
    This special week of activities is designed to address issues related to loss, provide training for those providing outreach to others, and provide a chance to network with other survivors.
  • Remembrance Program
    During the anniversary month of their firefighter’s death, families receive a Remembrance card from another survivor.
  • Hal Bruno Camps for Children of Fallen Firefighters
    This is a weekend bereavement camp for children and stepchildren of fallen firefighters who have been honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg.
  • Programs for Young Adults
    The Foundation offers programs for young adults, ages 18-24, whose firefighter parent died in the line of duty.
  • Memorial Weekend
    Every October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. The weekend features private activities for survivors and co-workers, along with public ceremonies.

  • National Fallen Firefighters Holiday Tree Lighting
    Each year during the holiday season, ornaments, holiday cards, and notes from loved ones of fallen firefighters adorn trees in and around the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel.

Survivor Benefit Information

To help with immediate and long-term financial concerns, we can help survivors find information on benefits available at the national level and in each state. The Foundation’s Scholarship Program can help survivors achieve their educational goals.

Survivor Resources/Information