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Press Releases / 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 5, 2009

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIREFIGHTERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION DONATES $20,000 TO MOBILE CPR TRAINING PROGRAM; FIRE COMMISSIONER SCOPPETTA ACCEPTS FIRST PART OF DONATION FRIDAY

Commissioner Scoppetta will accept the first part of a $20,000 donation presented by Alfred Kahn, the CEO of 4Kids Entertainment and founder of the non-profit National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation, during a ceremony Friday at 11 a.m., in the 8th floor gallery of FDNY Headquarters, 9 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn. Media should arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to clear security. The donation, which begins with a $10,000 check delivered to the department tomorrow, will purchase 400 Mobile CPR Training kits the department distributes to help more New Yorkers learn the life-saving procedure. The Children’s Foundation plans to deliver the second half of the donation next year.

“Since its formation in 2005, the FDNY’s community CPR training unit has visited countless high schools, senior centers and other locations across the city using these kits,” Commissioner Scoppetta said. “To date, more than 21,000 people have attended FDNY CPR trainings. Today, with the help of this generous gift from the National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation, we’ll be able to raise that number and teach average citizens how to save a life.”

Mr Kahn added: “Supporting the work of FDNY to train New Yorkers in life-saving techniques and supporting the families of those members that have made the ultimate sacrifice is an honor and the reason we formed the Foundation. The men and women of FDNY are an inspiration to all of us.”

The Foundation was started in November of 2001 when Mr. Kahn personally funded a morning event at the ESPN Zone for the families of firefighters and law enforcement personnel to gather to see the Macy’s Parade rather than focus on their losses inflicted by the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. In 2002, he formed the National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation, which supports education efforts by fire and law enforcement personnel and has continued the tradition of hosting over one thousand family members of fallen and seriously injured fire and law enforcement personnel every Thanksgiving. The Foundation’s primary role is to provide financial support to the families of fallen members, including medical needs and scholarships.

WHO:

Commissioner Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano; National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation Chairman Alfred Kahn, President Larry Levy and Board members Gary Parker and Jeff Bauml

WHERE:

8th floor gallery at FDNY Headquarters, 9 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY

WHEN:

11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 6, 2009
(media should arrive 15 minutes early to clear security)

 

 

 

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Steve Ritea, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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