Pierce Manufacturing Inc. and Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, announced that $135,000 was raised through their Full Throttle Support campaign to assist the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). A special ceremony commemorating the conclusion of this three-month campaign was held in Washington, D.C. at the DC Fire and EMS Department, Engine 3 firehouse.
“The response we’ve received from across the country to the Full Throttle Support campaign is beyond our expectations and we are proud to put these funds to work through the vitally important efforts of the NFFF,” said Wilson Jones, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president Fire & Emergency. “We believe in and support the NFFF mission. This campaign is just one way we can honor those firefighters who gave the ultimate sacrifice to serve their fellow citizens.”
Proceeds from sales of officially licensed Pierce and Harley-Davidson merchandise supplemented the total commitment to the NFFF. In addition, in April the Oshkosh Corporation Foundation donated a check for $25,000 to the NFFF as part of the Full Throttle Support initiative.
Attending the event were representatives from the NFFF, Harley-Davidson, Pierce, members of the Red Helmet Ride (a group of motorcycle-enthusiast firefighters and friends), dignitaries from Washington D.C. and family members of fallen firefighters.
The NFFF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that remembers and honors America’s fallen firefighters by providing their survivors with a place to turn for help rebuilding their lives. Spouses and children of fallen firefighters are eligible, through NFFF, for education, scholarship assistance as well as job training. Furthermore, NFFF-established peer networks offer families and coworkers essential emotional support.
“The primary mission of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is to make a tangible difference in the lives of surviving families of these heroes,” said Ron Siarnicki, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation executive director. “Without the help of organizations like Oshkosh, Pierce and Harley-Davidson, we would not be able to sustain and grow our support programs.”
Full Throttle Support Sweepstakes Winner Announced
The companies also announced the winner of the NFFF Full Throttle Support Sweepstakes as part of their campaign to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).
Brian P. Vickers of Katy, Texas, is a 16-year veteran and currently with the Westlake Volunteer Fire Department in Houston, Texas, and a Harley-Davidson enthusiast. Vickers was thrilled to receive the keys to a custom, one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® Firefighter Special Edition motorcycle at a special ceremony held at the D.C. Fire and EMS Department, Engine 3 firehouse in Washington, D.C. Vickers’ entry was one of nearly 12,000 received during the three-month sweepstakes.
“I still can’t believe that I’ve won. It’s an amazing machine and I can’t wait to take it on a ride,” said Vickers. “It’s really great that this sweepstakes helps such a worthy cause which is why I entered in the first place. The work of the NFFF is so important. My wife and I are big believers in higher education, and we’re especially impressed by the scholarships the Foundation provides to surviving family members.”
About Pierce Manufacturing
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, mini-pumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus. To learn more about Pierce, visit www.piercemfg.com.
About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s Web site at www.harleydavidson.com.
About National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization with a Congressional mandate to honor all firefighters who die in the line of duty in the United States. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is the only fire service organization that represents every facet of the American fire service – career, volunteer and wildland. The Foundation has launched major initiatives to reduce firefighter deaths. The Foundation has no allegiance to any special interest. For more information, visit www.firehero.org.