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What if I am not a "Full-Time Paid" Firefighter?
The Fallen Firefighters Fund Inc. would not be able to provide monetary assistance at this time. The Fund would, however, still provide other services as needed, and as our coffers increase, may be able to broaden our scope.
How do I report a loss?
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I would like to organize a fund raiser to benefit the Fallen Firefighters Fund Inc. How should I proceed?
We are tremendously grateful for the support of people who raise money for us via fundraisers & events. There are several legal requirements that you must meet before approaching The Fund with a fundraising idea. We advise you to consult your attorney, or your state's Attorney General's office. Once you have completed the necessary legal steps, please write a detailed proposal outlining your fundraising idea and send it to the Fund's office (@ contact us) Our Board will review and respond to ALL proposals. Unfortunately, because we have no staff, we are unable to provide logistical or personnel support for any third party fundraising events. For more details click here.
Are my donations Tax Deductible?
Yes! Our public charity status is 509 (a)(2) under the 501 (3)(c) section of the Internal revenue code. FYI For contibutions of cash, a check or other monetary gift made on or after 1/1/07, a donor cannot claim a tax deduction unless the donor maintains a record of the contribution in the form of either a bank record (such as a cancelled check) or a written communication from the charity (such as a receipt or letter) showing the name of the charity, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. PLEASE consult your tax advisor for further information.
What is a "Not-in-the-line-of-duty" death? And aren't there organizations that already do what the Fallen Firefighters Fund Inc. does?
"Not-in-the-line-of-duty" deaths are those that occur anywhere other than during an actual call. It has been said that firefighters only commit one act of bravery in their carreer! That act is when they raise their hands and swear to do everything in their power to protect their community. There are many GREAT organizations dedicated towards helping families if a firefighter falls "in the line-of-duty". There are several definitions as to what a department considers "line-of-duty". We believe that if every act of bravery is considered "just part of the job" than every life of any firefighter merits the respect, adoration, and celebration their family wants at the time they answer their Last Alarm. There are several stories of families trying to raise money to pay for funeral cost, however, very few (if any) other organizations established to look out for our brothers & sisters of the fire service in this type of event.
If you are part of the "Firefighter Community" we are here to help period. Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to point towards the right direction, or even walk with you to the point you need. Never worry about contacting us, we will work through anything as a family. Isn't that what makes the fire service so great? Stark Co. firefighter see also:Stark County Bluecoats4810 Munson Street N.W.Canton, OH 44718(330) 498-9485Serves residents of Stark County. Funeral benefit of $5,000-$6,000. Additional financial assistance available based on need.
My firefighter does not meet your criteria. What do I do now?
Knowing the sacrifices we all face, we will strive to do the best we can with what we have. We will always try to help lighten the load when there is a need.
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