The Leary Firefighters Foundation held its 5(th) Annual Bash on November 2, at Capitale in Manhattan. The actor Denis Leary founded the organization in 2000 when his first cousin, Jerry Lucey, his friend Lt. Tommy Spencer, and four other firefighters died fighting a fire in Worcester, Massachusetts, Leary’s hometown.
In 2004 the Foundation donated a Mobile Command Center vehicle equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video monitoring capabilities to the FDNY. It also donated two Flashover Simulators to the FDNY Fire Academy.
In response to the catastrophic destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, Leary announced the Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program to include Uniformed Fire Departments affected by the tragedy along the Gulf Coast. The focus of this program is to provide grants for fire departments for equipment and training needs.
The 5(th) Annual Bash was well attended by celebrities and firefighters alike.
Firefighters who lost their lives in 2004 were remembered, including Richard T. Sclafani who died while searching a Brooklyn fire scene, and Lt. Curtis Meyran and firefighter John Bellew who died battling a fire in the Bronx. ♦