Rocford firefighters launch campaign to aid families of fallen comrades in New York City
The Rockford Fire Department and Firefighters Local 413 recently announced plans for a new campaign to raise funds for the families of firefighters and emergency medical personnel killed in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York.
Firefighters will be seeking tax-deductible contributions to the New York Firefighters 9/11 Disaster Relief Fund.
If it was possible, said Firefighters Local 413 President Joe Corl, were certain tat you would give an hour of your time to help in New York. Instead, were asking you to contribute an hour of your wages to help the families of those firefighters killed in the line of duty on September 11th.
Firefighters and their families and friends will be collecting donations the weekend of Oct. 12, 13 and 14. A letter is being sent to area businesses seeking support from both the companies and their employees. Volunteers will be passing a boot for donations outside the Rockford IceHogs home opener at the MetroCentre on Friday night, Oct. 12.
The next day, firefighters will be collecting money at area grocery stores, restaurants and other retail outlets from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., including all Logli and Eagle stores, Beef-A-Roo locations, Cracker Barrel and IHOP. Special benefits will be held at several locations, including LTs, Old Chicago, Little Italy, Rue Marche and the Rusty Nail.
A silent procession consisting of fire trucks draped in black will be held Sunday, Oct. 14, ending with a Tribute to Fallen Firefighters to be held at 3 p.m. in the Rockford City Hall parking lot.
Contributions can be sent to the Firefighters Local 413 at 108 S. 2nd St., Rockford, 61104, given to volunteers at boot drive locations and delivered to the closing tribute on Sunday.
Similar activities are being planned that weekend by other fire departments throughout the state of Illinois.