Our brother Justin de Ruyter and his spouse, Mandy, have suffered all parents’ worst nightmare: their 18-year-old daughter, Gabby Mabel Rosenbach, was lost to them in a tragic car accident. At this sad and shocking time, Local 43’s Charitable Fund will facilitate any donations members want to gift to assist with the costs that unfortunately accompany such a terrible and heartbreaking loss.
100% of your gift will reach the de Ruyter/Rosenbach Family—there will be no third-party assessing fees. Click on the Donate Now icon and donate w/either a major credit card or via PayPal.
It is at these times, when lives are turned upside down, that the Local 43 Fire Family shines the brightest. Keep Justin & Mandy in your thoughts as they travel this horrendous journey of grief, loss, love, and acceptance. May the memories of their beautiful child bring them warm comfort.
2019 Portland Area Firefighters Golf Association Schedule
Click link for the Portland Area Firefighter Golf Association's 2019 schedule!
Gus Waterford Memorial Scholarship Fund
This year, the City of Portland proclaimed February 2018 to be known as "Pioneer Black Firefighters of Portland Month." In conjunction with this historic proclamation, the Gus Waterford Memorial Scholarship was created at Portland Community College.
Augustus "Gus" Waterford was the first black firefighter to join the Portland Fire Bureau. He was stationed at Engine 6 beginning in 1890. While all firefighters are known for their bravery, it takes an extra level of courage to be the first person to break down a social barrier.
Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, the Portland Community College Foundation will award the first Gus Waterford Memorial Scholarship to a first-generation college student studying Fire Protection Technology at PCC. This scholarship will ensure that Gus Waterford’s legacy will live on.
To support this scholarship fund, you can make a gift using the form below or mail a check to the PCC Foundation at PCC Foundation | PO Box 19000 | Portland, OR 97280. Make checks payable to "PCC Foundation" and write "Gus Waterford Memorial Scholarship" in the memo line.
For questions about this scholarship fund, please contact the PCC Foundation at 971-722-4382 or .
Operation Warm - Coats for Kids
Portland Firefighters keep children warm this winter by giving them new American-made coats.
Thanks to donations from great community businesses Tripwire and Ninkasi Brewing, we were able to keep hundreds of Portland children in need of a coat warm this winter. We partner with Operation Warm to get these amazing coats made right here in the USA.
Many thanks to all the firefighters who showed up off duty this morning to make this event a huge success!
If you would like to help us keep Portland Children warm please visit: www.operationwarm.org/portland
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