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Letter — Local donations for 9-11 go to right people


In light of the “Viewpoint” by Bill O’Reilly last Monday, I felt the following information should also be provided to the people of the South Lake Tahoe area.

Shortly after the tragic day of Sept. 11, local firefighters took to the streets raising funds for the families of our fallen brothers in New York. More than $100,000 was collected in a short time, due to the overwhelming generosity of locals and visitors. Every cent of the money that was collected at that time, as well as for weeks and months to come, was deposited in the New York Firefighters’ 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund created by the International Association of Firefighters in Washington, D.C.

To day, the nonprofit fun has distributed $144 million to the 274 families of firefighters and fire officers of the New York Fire Department who perished at the World Trade Center. No advertising, solicitations or marketing were ever don. and administrative costs are projected to be less than one-half of 1 percent because IAFF staff managed the project and most outside assistance was provided on a pro-bono basis.

The 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund is still open as well as a separate fund created by the IAFF to provide counseling service to firefighters and their families who survived the tragedy and continue to protect the people of New York despite their great personal loss.

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The public can be assured that both past and future money donated to these funds will be used in the manner that was intended and without fear of the fraud and misappropriation that was referred to by O’Reilly

More information is available on the IAFF’s Web site http://www.iaff.org

Leo Horton

President, Tahoe Douglas Firefighters Association

Zephyr Cove

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