Here’s what firefighters around Snohomish County are doing in response to last week’s most devastating terrorist attack ever waged against the United States:
Everett: The International Association of Firefighters Local 46 and the fire and police departments are collecting money to donate to the New York Fire Department’s family fund and the New York Police Department. Donations can be made to the disaster relief fund at All City Credit Union, 3102 Broadway Ave. The tax-deductible donations will go to help support New York firefighters, police officers and their families, Everett Fire Chief Murray Gordon said.
Firefighters are also helping Rinker Materials Corp. and other groups with a fundraising barbecue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 6300 Glenwood Ave. in Everett. Donations will be accepted. For information or directions call 425-355-2111.
Marysville: Firefighters are wearing black bands across badges. A memorial has been set up next to an antique fire truck in the bay at Station 61, 1635 Grove St., to honor New York firefighters and Marysville firefighter Jeff Thornton, who also died last week after a battle with cancer.
Monroe: The International Association of Firefighters Local 3315 in cooperation with the Volunteer Firefighter Association and Monroe police and fire departments will have a car wash and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the U.S. 2 Fred Meyer parking lot. Proceeds will go to the New York firefighters fund.
Snohomish County Fire District 1 (south of Everett): Helped collect $10,500 last weekend when it set up fire engines at Buffalo Espresso in the Thomas Lake area. The money will go to the Red Cross and the New York firefighters fund.
"People were coming by and writing checks for $200," said Leslie Hynes, fire district spokeswoman. The department continues to work with others on ideas for fundraising, she said. Firefighters over the weekend took many flowers and cards to a memorial in Seattle.