Joint Fundraiser to Benefit F.D.N.Y. Injured Firefighters

Cincinnati, OH, January 23, 2012— MN8-Foxfire, the developer of breakthrough
illuminating products for firefighters, Lt. Rhett Fleitz of the Fire Critic blog
( and Captain Willie Wines Jr. of the Wooden Ladders and Iron Firemen
blog ( have teamed up to establish a joint fundraiser to support two
injured firefighters with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Rescue 2. The
fundraiser begins on Monday, January 23 and ends at midnight on Monday, January 30.
During this time, MN8-Foxfire will donate 50 percent of all product sales through the
company website to the FDNY Rescue 2 Mayday Fund. Opportunities for individuals to
make donations without a product purchase will also be available through the MN8-
Foxfire website at
On Monday, December 19, 2011, two firefighters from Rescue 2 suffered severe
burns during a brownstone structure fire and were in critical condition upon hospital
admittance. Both men face long recoveries. One is still hospitalized in critical condition
and the other is now recovering at home under the care of a burn center outpatient
“We were devastated to hear about the fire involving the Brooklyn firefighters as
we have a special connection with Rescue 2,” said Zachary Green, president of MN8-
Foxfire. “I’d met and spent some time Captain Liam Flaherty (from Rescue 2) in San
Diego last year. Then last fall, Willie, Rhett and I visited Rescue 2 and they welcomed us
like we were part of their team.”
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“We had great discussions over coffee with Captain Flaherty and his men at their
kitchen table and even watched a hockey game with them while we were there,” said
Fleitz, Wines and Green will travel to New York to personally present a check
towards the FDNY Rescue 2 Mayday Fund during the first week of February. “There is
such a sense of brotherhood among firefighters,” said Fleitz. “And when one of our
brothers is in need, the firefighting community pulls together. We want to do all we can
to help these men and their families.”
All Foxfire illuminating products are eligible for the 50 percent Rescue 2 Mayday
fundraiser, including illuminating helmet bands, coating kits, grip wrap, tetrahedrons,
equipment bands and t-shirts.