For Release November 19, 2017|
NEW YORK CITY – Today, the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) hosted a holiday celebration at the Fire Museum for the widows and children of those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty as one of New York’s bravest. The holiday event included an appearance from Santa along with games, gifts and socializing with UFA and UFOA leadership and members, FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro and FDNY Chief of Department James E. Leonard and more.
“Every year, this event is one of our most important,” said UFA Vice President LeRoy McGinnis. “The widows and children of our fallen brothers and sisters are an integral part of our community, and being able to bring them all together to mingle with current firefighters and fire officers for some holiday fun is what it’s all about.”
Each year, the UFA and UFOA brings together families for an afternoon of celebration, camaraderie, and holiday spirit. Today's holiday event brought together over 100 members of the New York firefighting community. Former New York Knicks player John Starks, along with former New York Jets player Tony Richardson and former New York Rangers star Adam Graves came with donations to the families as a courtesy of Madison Square Garden.
Many of the widows of New York’s firefighters remain active within the firefighting community, participating in regular UFA events such as summer picnics, firehouse holiday parties and company dinners. Over the last 100 years, more than 1,100 firefighters and fire officers have lost their lives on the job.
“Our families are the backbones of who we are and how we continue to work, and we take pride in the large family we’ve built within the firefighting community. Though we see each other many times throughout the year, this event is one that truly warms the heart.
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