Firefighting, Legal

Pierce, Harley-Davidson hold contest to help fallen firefighters

One firefighter is killed in the line of duty every 72 hours in America. That startling statistic only hints at the pain and loss endured by the loved ones left behind. That’s why Pierce Manufacturing, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, with Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, is launching a nationwide campaign to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and assisting firefighter families.

Through April 26, 2009, participants can enter to win a custom, one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Firefighter Special Edition motorcycle by visiting

“Every firefighter death is a great tragedy, but the families take comfort in knowing the nation is grateful for their sacrifice,” said Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “The NFFF Full Throttle Support campaign is truly a unique way for the country to come together to honor the families of America’s heroes.”

Throughout the four-month campaign, individuals can log on to to make a $10 donation, which will enter them for a chance to win the custom, one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle. Visitors to the Web site can learn more about families who have benefited from NFFF.

“Firefighter safety is a top priority for Pierce, and we have a long, proud history of commitment to giving back to those who risk their lives to protect our communities,” said Wilson Jones, executive vice president of the Oshkosh Corporation Fire & Emergency group and president of Pierce Manufacturing. “We will continue to help advance the work of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and support the families of our fallen heroes.”

The deadline for entering the sweepstakes is April 26, 2009, coinciding with the final hours of the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis. The winner of the NFFF Full Throttle Support sweepstakes will be announced in May 2009.

No purchase necessary. Age for eligibility is subject to entrant’s State law. Complete rules for entering and for eligibility are available at

Employees of Oshkosh Corporation, Pierce Manufacturing, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and Pierce Manufacturing Inc. their families are not eligible for the sweepstakes. Sweepstakes void where restricted or prohibited by law.