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Firefighters' new foundation gives to charitable causes

Published 10:52 am, Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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The newly formed Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation has started the year with donations to three different causes.

Thee charities supported by the foundation range from early breast cancer detection to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

"We are very pleased to be able to present these checks today, the first three of our brand new foundation," said Bob Smith, president of the Fairfield Fire Fighters Association. "We hope this is the beginning of more to come."

The Get in Touch Foundation, a local group that helps young women understand the importance of early breast cancer detection, received a check for $1,455 from the foundation. Money was raised through the sale of pink t-shirts, which firefighters wore on duty during October's breast cancer awareness campaign.

The second check for $4,500 was presented to the MDA, a longtime charity of the local fire union.

Another $4,500 was donated to the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation for the newly renovated Connecticut Burn Center housed at the hospital.

"Renovating the Connecticut Burn Center became very personal to Local 1426 when one of our own had to be treated there last year for burns he received fighting a string of arson fires in our town," said Phil Higgins, a director of the FFFCF said. "We're happy to be able to pay it forward and make this center a place where the best care is given to the victims who need it."

The donations for the burn center and the MDA were raised through the fire union's annual Santa Express Ride, Smith said.

Fundraising efforts this year will kick off Feb. 21 when local firefighters join with others from the region to host the 2nd annual Wine and Beer Tasting, set from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Trumbull Marriott. Proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Burn Center and tickets are $25.

For tickets, email FFFCF@iaff.org or contact the Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation on Facebook.

Those wishing to make a donation can send checks to the foundation at 600 Jennings Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.