Minneapolis, Minnesota is home to a Level 1 trauma burn center at Hennepin Healthcare. Soon, it will be the home to the nation’s first dedicated first responder and pediatric burn healing center as well. Read More “Homes for Heroes Foundation Supports Firefighters and First Responders Healing Center”
History of International Firefighters Day
On December 2, 1998, there was a wildfire near Linton in Victoria, Australia. Of the several firefighters that responded to the call, a rig with five firefighters were engulfed as the winds changed. Firefighters Garry Vredeveldt, Chris Evans, Stuart Davidson, Jason Thomas, and Matthew Armstrong all died as a result.
JJ Edmondson, a volunteer Lieutenant and firefighter in Victoria, Australia, made it her New Years Resolution to create a day internationally to celebrate and thank all firefighters around the world. After discussing with firefighters around the world, it was determined that May 4th would become International Firefighters Day (IFFD). May 4th is also St. Florean Day, who was the patron saint of firefighters.
This year has been hard on everyone. But when things get tough, the bravery and indomitable spirit of our heroes shine through even brighter. As we end the year, we look back at the accomplishments of our heroes in 2020.
As the country attempts to slow the spread of the coronavirus by cancelling large events, closing public facilities and local businesses; we know you, our local healthcare providers, first responders and teachers are on the frontline serving the rest of us. While you may require face masks and testing kits, you probably also require some extra resources so that you actually know what’s happening concerning the pandemic going on around you. With all of the information circulating, we wanted to create a shortlist of helpful coronavirus resources from trusted sources specifically for you. If you are someone who requires frequent medication, you are able to order it using an online pharmacy so you do not have to leave your home during this time. You can check it out over at websites like blinkhealth.com, so you are not without your much-needed medications.
The Homes for Heroes Foundation, in conjunction with Homes for Heroes local affiliate real estate and mortgage specialists, awarded $25,000 to three first responder charitable organizations who provide disaster relief funds to help first responders in need. The NVFC Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund received a $7,500 grant to assist volunteer firefighters and EMS providers. The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association Charitable Foundation received a $5,000 grant to support firefighters in need in the Houston area. And, the FOP Disaster Relief Fund received a $12,500 grant to support their member police officers in need. These grants are part of the Homes for Heroes first responder disaster relief fund initiatives.
Through the Erie Community Foundation and the Hamot Health Foundation, the Homes for Heroes Foundation was able to donate a $5,000 Hero Grant to support local volunteer firefighter, Luther Jones with the loss of his three children in a devastating Erie daycare fire.