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100 Club presents $50,000 check for RI Firefighter Memorial! Construction update included.

The 100 Club of RI presented a $50,000 check to the RIAFC Foundation and the RI association of Fire Chiefs at the 100 Club annual dinner. The money is in support of the building of the RI Firefighter Memorial, located at the entrance of the RI Fire Academy. The project has been spearheaded, and is being built by the RIAFC Foundation and the RI Association of Fire Chiefs.

100 Club president Jim Grundy (right) and vice president Joe Terino (left) presented the check to RIAFC Foundation president, Chief Tim Walsh, Chief Scott Kettelle, RIAFC board member and project chairman, and Chief Rick Susi, Ret., RIAFC Executive Director.

 

The project is currently under construction with footings and foundation already completed. The area has been backfilled and two large dead trees in close proximity have been removed. The bronze centerpiece statue is being crafted with delivery expected in July. Bronze inlays as well as a 25foot detailed Maltese cross at the center of the plaza have also been ordered, with similar delivery dates.

Over $50,000 worth of personalized memorial pavers have been ordered and will be installed in the plaza by summers end, when the bulk of the project is expected to be completed. A dedication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for October 26, 2019.

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There are still multiple ways to support the project by both personal and corporate contributions. For example, Bronze plaques are being placed at the base of each of the five flagpoles recognizing their sponsors. Other plaques will recognize in kind donations of contractors donating their services during construction, as well as specific personalized memorials. If you have any questions how you can be a part of the first RI State Firefighters Memorial, please contact Chief Rick Susi at 401-692-0795 or rifirechiefs@gmail.com

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Nine members of the RI LAST Team attend training in Portland ME.

The NFFF scheduled a 1 ½ day LAST class in Portland, ME on June 3-4 and nine members of the RI LAST attended. The class was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton about 2 miles from the Portland Airport. Day 1 was a basic LAST class, with a working lunch. Day 2 covered Funeral Planning, PSOB 2.0 and Organizational Management/Team Deployment in the morning. After a working lunch, the CAST (and designated co-CAST) were invited for a working session with the training team to help identify more specific ways to support your team and enhance the program.

Red Cross “Sound The Alarm” event held 5/11/19

Here is the group of Red Cross volunteers this morning getting psyched and revved up to go out and install over 1,000 smoke detectors. They are an amazing group doing some amazing fire safety work in the community. They are definitely saving lives today! Thank you to all involved!

Examples of actual Bricks that have come in for the Firefighter Memorial

Here are some pictures some of the bricks that have come in for the RI Firefighters Memorial. These are actual pictures so if they are not straight or look like different colors, that is just the lighting, or shadows of the picture. They are all the same color and the wording is straight. We hope this might give you a better idea of what the bricks can look like. All three sizes are depicted, most with logos on them.

Link to the page to purchase a brick


100 Club scholarship deadline of March 1st approaching fast. Great opportunity as applications way down

Link to 100 Club scholarship webpage

The deadline of March 1st is quickly approaching for anyone who will be applying for a 100 Club scholarship. The number of applicants is extremely low this year so this is a good opportunity apply if eligible. Please click on the link to go directly to their webpage for all the details and application.

 

http://100clubri.com/site/scholarships/

Southern League give first annual Chief Frederick A. Stanley Dedicated Service Award to Chief Justin Lee

The RI Southern Firefighters League has awarded the first annual Frederick A. Stanley Dedicated Service Award  to Chief Justin Lee of the Hope Valley Wyoming Fire Department. The honor was awarded at the organizations annual Legislators Night, an event that continues to be very important to Chief Stanley. When Chief Stanley stepped down last year as its long time president he was given the Dedicated Service Award. The organization has decided to make the award an annual tradition and that it be named in honor of Chief Stanley. Pictured below (l – r) are Southern League Board members Chief Bob Peacock, President Chief Nate Barrington, Chief Lee, and organization secretary Lieutenant Chris Koretski.

In addition, the Southern League handed out its Legislator of the Year Award to House Minority Leader Blake Filippi. Leader Filippi is pictured below holding the plaque next to Chief Chris DeGrave of the Dunns Corners Fire Department, along with other board members. A dozen legislators attended the event to represent the area that the Southern League covers.