THOSE WHO WE ARE HONORED TO HELP
People often ask us if we only provide aid to San Diego City Firefighters and the answer to that is no. While San Diego City Firefighters do make up the majority of our stories, we have been able to help so many others and continue to do so. From the daughter of a Firefighter who has Muscular Dystrophy to a Houston Firefighter who wanted to see his son graduate MCDR Bootcamp. From assisting a Firefighter's wife battling breast cancer by getting her to doctor's appointments to widows who are spending their first Valentines Day without their beloved Firefighter husbands. Whatever a Firefighter or their family needs...we are here to help. We are honored to help them and share their stories with you. Meet those who we are honored to help.
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2017 Holiday Helpers
We're amazing because our community partners are amazing! We're able to achieve bigger goals when we work together. For the 2017 Holiday Season, our friends at The Holiday Lighters and Alliant Speciality Insurance Services helped us do some wonderful things and help some amazing Fire Families. From playing Secret Santa for Station 17 to hanging lights on the house of a Widow...great things happened. Read more about how FirefighterAid and our Holiday Helpers made the holidays great!
Racing For Mason
In 2017 a group of San Diego City Firefighters came together to create a Baja 500 racing team to raise money and awareness for Mason. The team, Racing For Mason was made up of San Diego City Firefighters who are raced in the 2017 Baja 500 to help support this amazing super-kid. Read more on how the crew shared the responsibility of driving over 500 grueling miles in Baja all in the name of Mason!
For Valentine’s Day we wanted to show some very special people in our Fire Family that they are SO loved, and that the sacrifices that they made are never forgotten. The boxed Valentines that we hand-delivered to each of them were so well received in the past that we wanted to step it up a notch and make it even better than years past. So, we decided to turn our office into a Valentine's Day luncheon spot for our 28 San Diego Fire Widows. Read how the Valentines made them feel!
On a quiet Thursday evening in December 2016, FirefighterAid along with our partners, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and Local 145, got together with 50 of our Firefighter Cancer Survivors and City Supporters to officially launch our Cancer Awareness & Prevention Program (CAPP). Read more about our program and how cancer is getting the boot from ALL San Diego City Firefighters in 2017!
2016 Holiday Helpers
We just can't do all the good things that we do without our amazing community partners! We're able to achieve bigger goals when we work together. For the 2016 Holiday Season, our friends at The Holiday Lighters and Alliant Speciality Insurance Services helped us do some wonderful things and help some amazing Fire Families. From playing Secret Santa for a family to hanging lights on the house of a Widow...great things happened. Read more about how FirefighterAid and our Holiday Helpers made the holidays great!
Kyle O'Neill is a father, husband, brother, son, hero, and Firefighter that has been battling cancer. He has a dedicated, hard-working wife and two amazing, little girls. The lack of strength that comes with going through many treatments hit Kyle during the holidays. Read more about how FirefighterAid and our amazing group of volunteers were able to be there for Kyle and his family.
In December 2016, Brandon and Bree welcomed their third child into the world. Their family was overcome with joy knowing that each addition is a true blessing from God. However, their joy was short lived. Shortly after Bree and Brandon returned home from the hospital with their new baby, Hunter, Bree began experiencing excruciating pain and severe swelling. Bree was immediately taken to the Emergency Room and shortly after admitted to the ICU. Learn more about Bree and Brandon's story and how FirefighterAid helped them.
Tristan De Guzman
My name is Tristan de Guzman. I have the privilege of being able to say that I am a Firefighter for San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. I am embracing this new opportunity that allows me to serve the city that I know and love. Being a Firefighter brings a variety of challenges and ways to serve the communities and citizens of San Diego. Read more.
Bill Stutzman was a Fire Captain at Richard J. Donovan's Correctional Facility. He was extremely proud of his role and even had the honor of participating on Strike Teams during some of the most infamous wild fires in California. Bill passed away in March of 2016 from heart failure and, in lieu of flowers or gifts, his wife, Donna, asked all of her friends and family to honor her husband by making a donation to FirefighterAid. In 2016, Donna decided to climb for her first time in his honor. Read more about how FirefighterAid was able to help this amazing Fire Wife.
Jim and his brother Stan both worked for the New York City Fire Department and responded to the attacks on the morning of September 11, 2001. While Jim managed to escape when the first building collapsed, unfortunately, his brother, Stan, did not. Jim's story of perseverance and survival is an inspiring one and once you hear it you will never forget it. We are honored to call Jim a friend of ours and are beyond grateful for his time spent in San Diego with us! Read more about Jim and his keynote address to the 2016 San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb event.
Mason Moore has been a bright shining light at FirefighterAid since he was 4-years-old. Mason was born at just 23 weeks old. Because of his severe prematurity, Mason developed complications that caused him to have hydrocephalus and Cerebral Palsy with spastic dysplasia. This causes excessive stiffness in his legs, making it impossible to walk without the use of canes. We have been able to send Mason to camp for 4 years and his story is amazing. Read more about Mason.
My name is Shayne Sakoda; I am a Firefighter for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. I believe that being a Firefighter means you should give back to those who are in need. I chose to be a Firefighter because I have a passion for helping my community and those who are in need. Read more.
Grace is the Frozen-loving, always smiling, 10-year-old daughter of a Firefighter. Grace has Muscular Dystrophy and uses a wheelchair to get around. As Grace grows older her needs are changing, and with that is the need for a fully ADA-friendly bathroom. We feel so fortunate that we were able to help Grace with this need and help build the bathroom she deserves. Read more about Grace.
2016 Valentines for Widows
For Valentine’s Day in 2016, we wanted to show some very special women in our San Diego Fire Family that they are so loved and their sacrifice is never forgotten. For many of these women this was just another Valentine’s Day without their special someone, their Firefighter husband, but for five of them it was their first Valentine’s Day alone. Read more about how we were able to make this day a little brighter for these lovely ladies.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Firefighter Gerry Jose answered his last alarm on October 26, 2015. He joined SDFD in 1990. He married and is survived by his two children, Rey and Jordan, the loves of his life. He loved his family, friends, job, music, and drawing. He had the kindest soul and would go out of his way for anyone and everyone. FirefighterAid was there for the George family to help them with the funeral service and costs every step of the way. Read full story.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Engineer Peter George answered his last alarm on March 7, 2015. He peacefully joined the departed in his sleep due to a stroke at the age of 48 years old. Peter began his career with the Fire-Rescue Department in July 1990 as a Fire Recruit, and promoted to the rank of Fire Engineer in September 2009. FirefighterAid was there for the George family to help them with the funeral service and costs every step of the way. Read the full story.
Iron Bill Dowling
Fire Captain Bill Dowling of Houston Fire Department, Station 68, was one of fourteen Firefighters injured in the Southwest Inn Fire on May 31, 2013. Now known as the deadliest blaze in HFD History, the fire claimed the lives of four firefighters and injured fourteen more. Captain Dowling led a rescue attempt into the structure and was pinned as the roof collapsed on top of him. To read more about Bill and his dream to watch his son graduate MCRD Bootcamp.
CA Firefighter's Memorial
The California Firefighters Memorial is a unique and stunning tribute to more than 1,250 Firefighters who have died in the line of duty since California became a state in 1850. We at FirefighterAid are there for the families of our fallen heroes as they are honored by the state. FirefighterAid provides support both financially and mentally for the heroes' family as they make the journey to the wall in Sacramento to be memorialized. Share in the journey we take every September.
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
A grateful Nation honors its fallen fire service heroes at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park located on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The park is located about 90 minutes from Washington D.C.,Baltimore, and Maryland. FirefighterAid provides support both financially and mentally for the heroes' family as they make the journey to the wall in Colorado Springs to be memorialized. Share in the journey we take every October.
Victims of 2014 Cocos Fire
On June 21st, 2014, FirefighterAid was able to bring together over 30 volunteers from the Escondido area and 6 local businesses to help two families who lost their homes in the Cocos Fire. One family lost their entire home and the other family's home was saved but all of the property burned around the home. To read more about how FirefighterAid was able to help.
Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial
San Diego based Firefighter charity FirefighterAid worked to raise funds and awareness on behalf of the 19 Firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire outside Prescott, Arizona on Sunday, June 30, 2013. We also sent a crew and an Engine to Arizona for the funeral services. To read more about this story.
Bodie was diagnosed with Autism just after turning 2-years-old in 2012. Bodie is now entering his third year enduring nearly 12 hours of specialized therapies in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. While Bodie is verbal, he does struggle significantly with speech and language. However, he is emotionally connected to his family and his friends...oh, and Spider-man. He is a very compassionate little man! Read more about how Music Therapy helped Bodie.
Andrea, "Dre", as she’s known to her friends, is a veteran Firefighter/Paramedic with San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. She teaches EMT classes at Miramar College in San Diego and works for First Aid Services Inc. covering special events. A gifted athlete, Dre attended the University of Toledo on a softball scholarship and is a former world Flow Barrel Surf champion. One day Dre's life changed. Read more about her story.
Arsenio "RC" Ortanez had been with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department for 20 years, spending that time fighting some of the city's most devastating fires, including spending time on the frontlines of the Cedar Fire. All San Diego Firefighters are required to undergo regular wellness checks to ensure their health is in order. It was during one of those checks in 2007 where RC found out he had cancer. Read more.