For Electronic Donations please go to CrowdRise.com/cpurdy18

The mission of the Last Call Foundation is to provide funding, education and research to advance the safety needs of the firefighting community.”

No fire fighter should ever be killed because his most basic tool, a fire hose, fails him.  This exact scenario happened on March 26, 2014 when Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a 9-alarm fire in Boston’s Back Bay.  The two men were in the basement fighting the intense heat and smoke, and when they called for water over the radio, they got nothing. 

The firefighters outside thought they were flowing water to Lt. Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy, but soon found out that no water was reaching the men.  During the investigation into this fire they learned that the fire hose they were using had burned through! Due to the tragic events on March 26, 2014 the Last Call Foundation was started by Kathy Crosby-Bell, in memory of her son Firefighter Michael Kennedy.

The Last Call Foundation funded research into fire hose burn through’s. It was uncovered that this happens far more frequently than anyone knew. The second research project now underway is testing existing fireproof fibers and fabrics that may be adaptable to fire hose.

According to the National Association of Fire Fighters the leading cause of death among fire fighters is cancer.  Firefighters have a 60% chance of being diagnosed with cancer during their career and that number jumps higher in major cities in Boston it’s 67%. The Last Call Foundation funded the purchase of extractors – industrial washer and dryers for firehouses.  When firefighters return from a call they can toss their turnout gear into the washers and dryers to help remove some of the carcinogens.  The washer and dryers’ cost anywhere from $7,000 to $20,000, depending on the size of the firehouse and the condition of the electrical and plumbing systems.  To date the Last Call Foundation has funded the purchase of 25 such units.

The reason I chose to get involved with the Last Call Foundation is because I started my civil service career as a volunteer firefighter in 1999.  I am a USCG and USAF veteran and current member of the USAF, who has worked in law enforcement for the last 14 years.  The brotherhood and sisterhood within the civil service community is what attracted me to this foundation.  Please consider donating to this very worthwhile cause.

Thank you,

Clifford Purdy

Remember – every firefighter is a hero every day!

  

The mission of the Last Call Foundation is to provide funding, education and research to advance the safety needs of the firefighting community.”

The Last Call Foundation is a recognized 501 (c) (3)

TAX ID Number/EIN 46-5415002.

For more information on Last Call Foundation please visit: LastCallFoundation.org

For Electronic Donations please go to CrowdRise.com/cpurdy18

For Checks Please make them out to Last Call Foundation and send them to:

Clifford Purdy

146 Goodhue Ave

Chicopee Ma, 01020

If you have any further questions, please email me at: cpurdy18@gmail.com or call me at

(413) 265-0541

A NOTE FROM KATHY Crosby-Bell, President

The Last Call Foundation provided the Boston Sparks Association with a major grant to fund the new Response Apparatus in 2015.  We are proud of their work and want you to know all funds raised by Clifford’s efforts on Team LCF will go support the The Boston Sparks Association! Thank you for your time and consideration.

Remember – every firefighter is a hero every day!