Georgia Fallen
Firefighters Foundation, Inc.
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"Lighting the Way"

LODD Family Assistance

Since the inception in 2009, the Georgia Local Assistance State Team (L.A.S.T.) has assisted LODD surviving family members receive
in State and Federal benefits. and currently is assisting in
in active benefit applications.

"Lighting the Way"

The days, weeks and months following a LODD are some of the darkest times for both the family and the department of a lost firefighter.  Finding your way out of this darkness can be difficult and painful. 

The Foundation was created to assist both individual family members and the fire department family by providing programs and services that begin the very first day and extend through the funeral and beyond.  The goal of the Foundation is to provide the pathway out of the darkness, in essence the Foundation is “lighting the way” to recovery.  

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

NFFF Comfort Zone Camp in Memory of Hal Bruno

New Camp Allows Children of Fallen Firefighters to Have Fun and Find Comfort

Children of fallen firefighters attended the first National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Comfort Zone Camp in memory of NFFF Chairman Emeritus Hal Bruno. It was held June 8-10 at Camp Hanover in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

2014 Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths

Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters October 5 - 6, 2013
The sound of a bell holds special significance for firefighters. Historically, the toll of a bell summoned members to the station, signaled the beginning of a shift, notified departments of a call for help, and indicated a call was completed and the unit had returned to the station.

Departments sounded a series of bells when a firefighter died in the line of duty to alert all members that a comrade had made the ultimate sacrifice. This time-honored tradition continues today during the funerals or memorial services for firefighters.

For the third year, bells will ring from coast to coast as a grateful nation pauses on Sunday, October 6, 2013 to honor those firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2012 and previous years. Fire departments and their places of worship will join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) for the Third Annual Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters, part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is asking communties, fire service organizations, and religious organizations to help us honor our fallen firefighters by participating in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters. A moment of remembrance can occur at any time during Memorial Weekend, October 5 & 6. Fire department representatives are encouraged to work with their clergy and community leaders to develop an appropriate tribute.

» Learn More: About Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters in 2013
» See 2013 Participants:Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters Events
» Previous Bells Across America Coverage: 2012 | 2011

Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation Receives Important IRS Designation

The Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Inc. has received the designation of a 501 (C)(3) “Public Charity” under the IRS code and now holds “Tax Exempt” status.  Additionally all donations, bequests, devises, transfers and gifts to the foundation are also eligible for tax deduction under the Federal IRS Tax Code.

The Foundation was formed in December of 2011 with the mission of: “To champion firefighter line-of-duty death prevention and assist the families and public safety agencies who have experience a line-of-duty death”.  The Foundation was created to help further here in Georgia the efforts of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

 The Foundation, although only being in existence a short time, has already made many contributions to Georgia’s Fire Service including: LODD and non-LODD funeral service assistance; Providing surviving family members and departments with benefit applications which now total over $$2,332,668.00 in state and federal benefits; And the creation of the “Georgia” section on the “Walk of Honor” located at the National Memorial in Emitsburg, MD.

The Public Charities Tax Exempt designation will greatly increase the Foundations opportunity for fund raising to support current initiatives and future programs, including in the short term a plan to establish the logistics support necessary for an LODD response system that can effectively support multiple LODD funerals simultaneously.

GFFF Commissions "Georgia" Section on Walk of Honor

The park features a brick Walk of Honor® that connects the monument, the historic Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel, and memorial plazas. Each brick on the walkway bears a personal inscription. Proceeds from the sale of these bricks help to finance construction of the Memorial Park.

The Walk of Honor® continues to expand and now contains more than 9,000 inscribed bricks. Numbered sections help donors and recipients locate their special bricks. If you donated a brick prior to June 2009, you can find its location online. Contact Judi Whitlow at to inquire about the location of bricks placed after June 2009.

A section in the crosswalk recognizes the Foundation's major donors. This special section contains bricks honoring more than 420 corporations, organizations, and individuals for their support. These sponsors help ensure that our fallen heroes and their families will always be remembered!

To speed up placement of donated bricks, the Foundation has laid brick pavers that will be replaced with inscribed bricks twice a year; in the late spring and in the late summer. Inscribed bricks currently account for a quarter of the total walkway, with space available for over 17,000 more inscribed bricks.


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