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Facilitated Support Group
September 29, 2020, 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Facilitated Support Group
October 6, 2020, 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Facilitated Support Group
October 13, 2020, 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Facilitated Support Group
October 20, 2020, 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Facilitated Support Group
October 27, 2020, 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Virtual Peer Support Groups

Virtual Peer Support Group
September 30, 2020, 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Virtual Peer Support Group
October 7, 2020, 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Virtual Peer Support Group
October 14, 2020, 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Virtual Peer Support Group
October 21, 2020, 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Virtual Peer Support Group
October 28, 2020, 8:00pm – 9:30pm

» Home Fire and Life Safety Tips During the COVID-19 Crisis «

Focusing Our Energy

Ashley Whitmore

Ashley Whitmore

Family Programs Support Specialist

During this challenging time, take a moment to try something new. You could find a new hobby or have a laugh at a failed attempt; either way leads to a great story.

If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Eric Nagel

Eric Nagle

Family Programs Specialist

In this time of uncertainty, I take a few moments each day to find new signs of Spring (blooming of flowers or buds on the trees) and these signs of renewal lift my spirits.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain. ” – Vivian Greene

Erin Browning

Erin Browning

Outreach Assistant

While many are focusing on what they are not able to do at this time, I am focusing my energy into what I am able to do: take a short walk, phone a friend, try a new recipe, write a letter, journal, color, paint or any other creative outlet I can think of!

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” – Etty Hillesum

Beverly Donlon

Beverly Donlon

Director of Family Programs

While we are social distancing, this is a good time to concentrate on your own self-care. Stretch and exercise your body. You can do this alone or include your family in a daily routine.

Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice; the happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” – Anonymous

Jenny Woodall

Jenny Woodall

Grief Specialist

Slowing down and staying in the present moment can focus the lens of gratitude—for sunshine, the bloom of spring, quiet moments, and the fact that we are all working together for the greater good.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ” – Marcel Proust

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 Hero Family 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.
  • Wellness 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 fire hero families.
  • Remembrance Program
    During the anniversary month of their firefighter’s death, families receive a Remembrance card from another fire hero family member.
  • 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 fire hero families and co-workers, along with public ceremonies.
  • Winter Family Retreat
    A multi-day event for all ages and family members, focused on fellowship, self-care, and giving back during the holidays.
  • National Fallen Firefighters Holiday Tree Lighting
    Each December, ornaments, holiday cards, and notes provided by Fire Hero Families adorn trees in and around the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel. These tributes in honor of fallen firefighters remain on display throughout the holiday season.

Family Benefit Information

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

Fire Hero Family Resources and Information

Memorial Weekend Information

Family Resources

Fire Hero Family Network

Survivors can provide unique support to one another. Simply connecting with someone who has lost a firefighter can offer a sense of hope.

Survivor Benefits

Family Benefits

The NFFF has conducted extensive researchto identify the range of benefits available to survivors of firefighters who died in the line of duty.

Outward Bound 2018

Programs for Young Adults

For a child, losing a parent changes life forever, even into adulthood. The Foundation offers programs for young adults to focus on grief and on building life skills.


The NFFF offers assistance for post-secondary education/training to spouses, partners, children and stepchildren of firefighters.