Archive for December 24th, 2014

Rockford firefighters deliver food and gifts for Christmas in Rockford has a video and article:

A dozen families now have presents under the tree and food on the table this Christmas, thanks to the Rockford Fire Department. From saving lives to saving Christmas, Rockford firefighters are making sure Santa arrives at every home this holiday, including Shante Wilson’s.

“When I saw all of the fire department come up with all of the gifts in their hands, I wanted to cry but I didn’t want to see my son cry because I didn’t want him to think of sadness when it was really tears of joy,” Wilson says.

Tears of joy, coming from the mother of two year old JR. The family just received presents and a bin full of food from Station One on Rockford’s west side.

“It goes hand in hand with what we do every day, we are always out there on the street, we are a busy department so it’s nice to go out there and see people who we see in the time of need, in a joyful event.”

The department raised more than $9,000 for a dozen local families. While JR is opening his present today, Wilson is surprised to see her name on some of the packages.

The fire department says the gesture comes easy as they do what they do best, respond to those in need.

“Just to see my son open up all his gifts, that’s going to be, that’s going to be the light of my life.”


CFD firefighters deliver gifts to children

ABC7 has a video and article:

Several North Side firehouses and an organization called Ignite the Spirit came together at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center to deliver Christmas presents to hospitalized children Tuesday. The group had raised $11,000 to buy gifts for children who might not make it home for Christmas.

The firefighters bought about 1,500 in total that will be distributed among four different hospitals in a culmination of a year-long drive to raise money for gifts for children in need of all ages.

This is the 12th time Ignite the Spirit has bought Christmas presents for hospitalized children. Over the years they have raised over $880,000. They said it’s a big thrill, almost as big as a dramatic rescue.

“It’s all encompassed in that same feeling as what we do every day as a fireman,” says Rich Pinksey, founder of Ignite the Spirit. “You know, giving back to the kids, helping people get out of buildings when a building’s on fire. It’s all under that same heading. It’s all good stuff. Yeah, we love it.”

There will be enough presents left over to give to kids for the entire year. Good medicine for tough times, from tough guy firefighters with big soft hearts.

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Firefighters help grieving family

WGNTV has this article with a video segment:

Firefighters from Chicago and Cicero make a special delivery for a grieving family.

Miguel Haro, 44, was shot and killed during a robbery in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, Sunday night. He was working on rehabbing a vacant home and refused to give up money he had been saving to buy Christmas gifts for his daughters, relatives said.

Chicago firefighters who responded to the scene pooled together resources with union leaders and firefighters in Cicero, where Haro lived. On Tuesday, they delivered money, gift cards, toys, and a tablet for Haro’s two daughters, ages 4 and 10.

“While we know that giving them a tablet and some toys and food won’t replace their father, we hope they’ll be able to sleep a little easier tonight knowing their local firefighters and paramedics are thinking about their loss,” said Tim O’Brien, public relations director for the Chicago Firefighters Union.

thanks Dan

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