Washington, D.C. – The International Association of Fire Fighters and its two New York affiliates have started distributing the remaining proceeds from the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund they created on September 12. The $111 million raised by the non-profit fund is earmarked for the families of the 344 firefighters who were killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center on September 11.
The 9-11 Fund directors-composed of the presidents and treasurers of the IAFF, Uniformed Fire Fighters Local 94, and Uniformed Fire Officers Local 854-voted this week to disperse checks for $278,703.56 to each of the families of FDNY firefighters and a fire patrolman killed in the tragedy.
This brings the total assistance provided to each of the families to $323,703.56, according to IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, who serves as president of the 9-11 Fund board of directors. Any additional donations received by the 9-11 fund will be disbursed at a later date.
More than 70 percent of the $111 million raised by the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund was collected by IAFF firefighter and paramedic members across the United States and Canada. In some cases, citizens dropped checks as large as $10,000 into the boots firefighters used in their fund drives, or they sought out local firefighters in their fire stations to hand over donations.
Major corporations, retailers, individual donors, Web sites, and other labor unions also assisted. The Fund directors had resolved not to engage in advertising, solicitations, or marketing activities to promote the fund.