Firefighters raise $1.1 million for relief effort
Author(s): JOANNA KAKISSIS STAFF WRITER
Date: September 27, 2001
In the past two weeks, firefighters from counties and towns in North Carolina have raised more than $1.1 million for relief efforts in New York City.
Some donors mailed in money to the Heart of Carolina “Firefighters for Firefighters,” a group set up by WTVD-TV and area firefighters to help their New York brethren after the terrorist attack. Others gave after seeing firefighters standing along busy roads, dropping the cash or checks into firefighter boots.
On Wednesday, telecommunications millionaire Peter T. Loftin flew several Raleigh city officials to New York on his private plane to deliver the check. Aboard were Fire Chief Earl Fowler, Fire Marshal Larry Stanford, Police Chief Jane Perlov and Mayor Paul Coble.
The delegation toured the Red Cross center and the police ground zero command center at the ruins of the World Trade Center and presented the donation to New York Police commissioner Bernard Kerrick and Bergen County, N.J., Sheriff Jerry Speziale.
The money went to the New York City Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund, which is administered partly by the International Association of Fire Fighters. Other fire departments across the country also have raised as much or more, association spokesman George Burke said. He said the Charlotte and Concord areas are planning a fund-raiser for next week.
“We thank North Carolina very much. We’re not surprised at all at the effort we’ve seen,” Burke said. “Firefighters are givers, on and off the job. … We had at least $5 million in the bank several days ago, and we’re expecting more in the next few days.”
Fire departments from Cary, Raleigh and Wake County collected about $438,000 of the $1.1 million. Fire departments in Chatham County raised $115,000, those in Durham $45,000 and those in Orange $34,761.
Others contributing to the fund-raising effort included fire departments in Cumberland, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Nash, Person, Vance, Warren and Wilson counties.
Copyright 2001 by The News & Observer Pub. Co.