BENEFITING: NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2013
My name is Chris Ritzert, I work for Motorola Solutions in Schaumburg, Illinois and I am married to Scott Ritzert who is a career Firefighter/Paramedic on the Woodstock Fire Rescue district.
I will be running in the 2013 Chicago Marathon on October 13th raising funds/awareness for NFFF and in honor of John Winkelman. John was a Captain on the Huntley Fire Protection District and died in the line of duty on April 12, 2012. He previously served as Chief of the Marengo Rescue Squad and was a volunteer firefighter with the Huntley Fire Protection District for three years before beginning to work there full time in 1991. John was also a recipient of a humanitarian award for his assistance during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
I’m delighted to work for a company that does so much for the first responder community. I have been able to volunteer at first responder events and will be assisting at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) Memorial weekend, October 4th - 6th. NFFF’s mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives.
As the wife of a Firefighter I truly appreciate all that NFFF does:
1. When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, the Foundation provides survivors with a place to turn. Families receive emotional assistance through a Fire Service Survivors Network, which matches survivors with similar experiences and circumstances. Families receive a quarterly newsletter and specialized grief publications. NFFF provides extensive information on survivor benefits, Foundation programs, and other resources. Spouses, children, and stepchildren of fallen firefighters are eligible for scholarship assistance for education and job training costs.
2. The Foundation offers training to help fire departments handle a line-of-duty death. Departments receive extensive pre-incident planning support. Immediately after a death, a Chief-to-Chief Network provides technical assistance and personal support to help the department and the family.
3. With the support of fire and life safety organizations, the Foundation has launched a major initiative to reduce firefighter deaths. The goal is to reduce line-of-duty firefighter deaths by 25 percent in 5 years.
Any donation to my fundraising efforts would certainly be appreciated; I want to do what I can to make sure resources are there for the Firefighter community.
More information on National Fallen Firefighters Foundation can be found at http://www.firehero.org/