Douglas still contibutes to New York City fireman’s fund |

Douglas still contibutes to New York City fireman’s fund

by Scott Murphy, Staff Writer

Several relief funds for New York City firefighters and their families are still receiving money from a Douglas County fund-raiser.

About $206,000 was collected by local firefighters at the intersection of Waterloo Lane and Highway 305 in the weekend following the attacks.

Ron Haskins, president of the East Fork Fire and Paramedics Employee Association, said about $155,000 of the money raised here was given to the International Association of Firefighters’ Fallen Firefighters Fund.

Haskins said less than one half of one percent of Douglas County donations went toward administrative fees.

The IAFF has given $111 million to families of survivors with $311,000 going to each of 344 different families.

“The fire service is really a big family,” Haskins said. “And we’re just helping out the family.”

Also, $10,373 raised in Douglas County went to the World Trade Center Police Disaster Relief Fund, Haskins said. That fund was established by New York’s Fraternal Order of Police foundation. The money went to the families of 23 policemen killed during the attacks.

Another $20,000 of Douglas County donations will be sent to the New York Sept. 11 firefighter counseling support fund, established by the IAFF, Haskins said.

An additional $10,000 will go to a memorial fund that will pay costs of a planned memorial for the families. The memorial is expected to cost $4 million.

And $10,000 will remain in an account while members of local firefighters union No. 3726, with which East Fork is affiliated, decide where it should be sent, Haskins said.

The account will remain open for another year, he said.

Anyone who wants to donate to the fund can give money to Bank of America account number, 004964150966, which is the New York Firefighters Family Relief Fund.