Jessica Humbert via Crowdrise
March 23, 2012
BENEFITING: LEARY FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION
Comedian, actor and producer Denis Leary portrayed conflicted firefighter Tommy Gavin on the FX Network series "Rescue Me" for seven seasons. The show, which recently ended, examined the lives of New York City firefighters as they struggled to cope with the ever-present shadow of 9/11.
Leary knows something personally about loss and coping in the firefighter community. His cousin Jerry Lucey died in 1991 with five other firefighters in a warehouse blaze in Worcester, Massachusetts. Leary responded by creating the Leary Firefighters Foundation.
Through his work with the Leary Firefighters Foundation, he has raised more than $10 million for new fire trucks, training facilities, and equipment for firefighters across the country.
But Leary says firefighters still lack the most basic improvement of all: "Pay raises."
Leary says, “It would be great if firefighters across the country had the guarantee that they would be making enough money to support their family right from the get-go, but that's not the case." Ten years after 9/11 and more than a decade after the deadly fire in Worcester, the actor says, "It's really a hole that never goes away."
My father is a police officer, he's tight with many of the local firefighters. I've gotten to know a few of them, and they treat me like I was their own. These guys are the front line on the homefront, willing to rush in when everyone else is running out, They work right next to our other first responders, police, emt's and our public servants who have risky jobs, but still hope to make it back to their families at night. By supporting this cause, you're supporting local guys like my dad's buddies who would do anything for me and you.