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    The International Association of Fire Fighters and its two New York affiliates have started distributing the remaining proceeds from the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund they created on September 12. The $111 million raised by the non-profit fund is earmarked for the families of the 344 fire fighters who were killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center on September 11.

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    Fund Quick Facts

    Now: Families of each of the fallen 344 officers, firefighters, paramedics and a fire patrolman will receive $278,703.56.
    IAFF 9-11 Funds: With this distribution, a total of $323,703.56 will have been given to every familiy from the IAFF's 9-11 Fund. Additional funds that come in will be distributed at a later date.
    Other Sources of Financial Support: Families of fallen heroes are also eligible for the Federal PSOB Benefit of $250,000, and funds from the New York Twin Towers Fund (at least $50,000) and other federal and charitable programs. Payments to most families of fallen emergency personnel will likely exceed $1 million, but it could be months or longer before a final figure is known.
    Who: The IAFF's 9-11 Fund is directed by the presidents and treasurers of the IAFF, Uniformed Fire Fighters Local 94 and Uniformed Fire Officers Local 854.
    More: Donate to the 9-11 Fund


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    Thousands of donation checks collected by Firehouse.com sit in front of a banner expressing America's sentiments, signed by hundreds and sent in by Butler County Fire District #1 in Andover, Kansas.

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    The 9-11 Fund directors -- composed of the presidents and treasurers of the IAFF, Uniformed Fire Fighters Local 94 and Uniformed Fire Officers Local 854 -- voted this week to disperse checks for $278,703.56 to each of the families of FDNY fire fighters and a fire patrolman who were killed in the tragedy.

    This brings the total assistance provided to each of the families to $323,703.56, according to IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, who serves as president of the 9-11 Fund board of directors. Any additional donations received by the 9-11 fund will be disbursed at a later date.

    "The outpouring of support and assistance from fire fighters around the world, from the corporate community, from celebrities, and from the public has been overwhelming," Schaitberger said. "We thank the American people from the bottom of our hearts for their generosity and their love."

    More than $5 million in mailed donations were sent to Firehouse.com's offices and forwarded to the IAFF, and tens of millions more came in directly to the IAFF's bank account through wire transfers from departments, organizations and individuals who learned of the Fund or coordinated through the Web site.

    "Firehouse.com and its visitors played a key role in the success of the Fund," Schaitberger said. "Throughout, the staff of the site has worked hard to inform its visitors and others outside the fire service to help raise significant funds to benefit the families of our fallen New York firefighters and paramedics."

    Through the site, the Fund was publicized on television and radio stations across the country, including the syndicated "Don and Mike" show out of Washington. A full page ad, donated by international advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, appeared in USA Today and other publications. Firefighters across the world fanned out in the days and weeks following September 11 to raise money on street corners, in malls and elsewhere in the communities.

    "Amid the controversy that has been associated with so many of the September 11 funds, we have worked quietly and without fanfare to provide significant support to the widows, families, and loved ones of our fallen New York fire fighters," Schaitberger said. "Through boot drives and many other activities, firefighters have worked on behalf of these families with the same single-minded determination that was demonstrated by the thousands of New York fire fighters who risked or gave their lives at the World Trade Center."

    "No amount of money can repay these widows and families for the sacrifice they
    Last edited by Mari; 12-28-2001 at 02:18 AM.

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