For the 3rd year in a row, Nest and the Leary Firefighters Foundation has granted $25,000 to two fire departments in need. Meet this year's winners.
The Leary Firefighters Foundation was founded by actor Denis Leary in 2000 in response to the 1999 Cold Storage Warehouse fire tragedy in his native Worcester, Massachusetts, which killed six firefighters, including his cousin. The Foundation provides funding and resources for fire departments to acquire the best available equipment, technology, and training necessary for the health and safety of firefighters and in turn, the public they serve. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $10 million for first responders allowing it to fulfill critical needs for departments, such as a High-Rise Simulator and Mobile Command Center Vehicle for the FDNY, a tactical command vehicle and a high-speed rescue boat for the Boston Fire Department, and 15 rescue boats and the rebuilding of 11 firehouses for the New Orleans Fire Department after Hurricane Katrina. For more information, visit www.learyfirefighters.org.