Fire departments join together to help out | SierraSun.com

Fire departments join together to help out

Staff reports

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., many Americans wonder how they may help. The North Tahoe Fire Protection District has set up a memorial fund for local residents who wish to contribute monetary aid.

The Tahoe Regional World Trade Center Memorial Fund has been set up to benefit the attack victims’ families as well as rescue workers.

As well, the fire district will be holding a Firefighter’s Boot Drive in Tahoe City and Kings Beach Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s 100 percent of the money – all of it goes,” said Chief Duane Whitelaw, explaining that all the money collected locally will be sent to New York and split evenly between victims and rescue workers (members of the police and fire departments, as well as various emergency crews).

Those wishing to contribute may make donations to the Tahoe Regional World Trade Center Memorial Fund at any Bank of the West, all local fire and sheriff’s stations.

Checks should be made payable to TRWTCMF. All monies will be split 50 percent to the families of firefighters and peace officers killed during rescue efforts, and 50 percent to the families of innocent victims.

Fire and sheriff’s stations participating in the drive are: North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Truckee Fire Protection District, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District (Incline Village), Northstar Fire District, Squaw Valley Fire District, Meeks Bay Fire Protection District and Donner Summit Fire Distric

Law enforcement agencies participating in the drive are the Placer and Nevada county sheriff’s offices, and the Town of Truckee Police Office.