The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation expresses our heartfelt sympathy to all the families and coworkers of our fallen and injured brothers and sisters who so valiantly responded during our national tragedies. The Foundation pledges that these heroes will never be forgotten nor will their families.
We are working with FEMA and USFA to ensure that all necessary support systems are in place so that we can best meet the needs of the fire service family.
Here are some of the things you can do:
The Foundation has been in touch with FDNY survivors, NY State fire officials, representatives of chaplains' groups, and families of fallen firefighters from across the country. They have advised that we can best offer support by assisting the Fire Department of New York in channeling messages to the survivors and offers of donations and assistance.
We have offered to be a central point over the next few days for accepting messages of condolence for the families of our fallen and injured heroes. We will ensure that all of these messages are delivered to the families at an appropriate time. You can send these messages to by fax, email or regular mail to:
C/o National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
PO Drawer 498
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
The Foundation also has an on-line Memory Wall for posting messages at http://www.firehero.org/.
We join with the Concerns of Police Survivors in asking all public safety personnel and the general public to wear red, white and blue ribbons in remembrance of our fallen fire and law enforcement personnel and the other victims. You may also show your support by attaching a red, white and blue ribbon to your vehicle.
Each year during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, families and coworkers leave personal messages on a Remembering banner. We encourage local departments and communities to do similar banners and send them to the Foundation for display at the National Fire Academy and to FDNY.
The President has issued a proclamation lowering all American flags throughout the country to half staff until sunset, September 16. The proclamation is on-line at http://www.whitehouse.gov//20010912-1.html.