New York, NY -- Fire Donations, established in August 2001 by a group of firefighters from Tacoma, WA, announced today the presentation of a check for close to $4 million to the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund. Thomas LaMacchia, Treasurer of the Uniform Firefighters Association, accepted the donation on behalf of the International Association of Firefighters' "New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund" from Fire Donation's Executive Director, Steve Careaga. The check was presented at the Fire Station that was home to Father Mychal Judge, and houses Engine 1 and Ladder 24. New York State Senator, Martin Connor, and members of the FDNY were also present to honor their fellow firefighters who sacrificed their lives.
Three hundred forty three firefighters lost their lives in the World Trade Center attacks. Fire Donations selected the 9-11 Fund to administer the funds locally by providing the families of fallen firefighters in New York with much-needed financial support. Fire Donations is committed to raising monies to assist these families and others like them. The vision of the organization is to create a sustainable organization that has funds available whenever tragedies occur in communities across the nation.
When the World Trade Center was attacked, Fire Donations was the only fire service-related organization prepared to take online donations. Steve Careaga, co-founder and executive director of Fire Donations, a former firefighter stated, "We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the American public and the international community. We have received countless cards, emails, and donations from people all over the world. It is with great honor that I deliver this check to the firefighters' families to assist them in whatever way we can."
Fire Donations is based in Tacoma, WA. For more information, please consult their website at www.firedonations.com