BY: Liliana Rocio, Senior Editor For World Liberty TV
FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ,TO ANNOUNCE SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF
9/11 FIRST RESPONDER LUIS ALVAREZ AT THE 19TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE BREAKFAST.
A presentation will be made to the family of NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez The First Responders Children’s Foundation Public Service Hero Award will be presented to FDNY Lieutenant Sarinya Srisakul, the first Asian female firefighter in the FDNY.
Over 1,500 guests are expected to attend the 19th annual Breakfast that began in the wake of 9/11 to provide a welcoming holiday community for first responder families who endured tragedy.
The Luis G. Alvarez scholarship will be announced and presented to Detective Alvarez’s widow Alaine Parker Alvarez.
Alvarez, who passed away from 9/11-related illnesses, is known for his advocacy on behalf of 9/11 first responders and his lobbying efforts including pleading before the United States Congress to replenish the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
The breakfast is expected to mark one of O’Neill’s last official public appearances as NYPD Commissioner prior to his stepping down on November 30, 2019.
The Foundation will present FDNY Lieutenant Sarinya Srisakul, the first Asian female firefighter in the FDNY with The Public Service Hero Award.
The First Responders Children’s Foundation 19th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast. The Luis G. Alvarez Scholarship will be announced with a presentation to Alaine Parker Alvarez and the Alvarez family.
The Public Service Hero Award will be presented to FDNY Lieutenant Sarinya Srisakul. Commissioner James O’ Neill will be recognized for his service.
NYPD Commissioner, James O’Neill; FDNY Commissioner, Daniel Nigro; Port Authority of NY & NJ Superintendent of Police, Edward Cetnar; Suffolk County Police Commissioner, Geraldine Hart; Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams;
FDNY Lieutenant, Sarinya Srisakul; Alaine Parker Alvarez and the Alvarez family; Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Keith Hayward; Vice President of Communications for CSX, Bryan Tucker; Representatives from the FealGood Foundation, John Feal, Matt McCauley, and Tom Wilson; Founder and Chairman of First Responders Children’s Foundation, Al Kahn; President of First Responders Children’s Foundation, Jillian Crane; Executive Director of First Responders Children’s Foundation, Scott Perrin; NYPD Police Explorers Honor Guard; The Brooklyn United Marching Band Drum Corps; Tyler Carach, “The Donut Boy”.
About First Responders Children’s Foundation: First Responders Children’s Foundation provides financial support to both children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families enduring significant financial hardships due to tragic circumstances.
First Responders Children’s Foundation also supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by law enforcement and firefighting organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community at large.
Each year, an average of 200 first responders die in the line of duty, and thousands more become permanently disabled, rendering them unable to provide for their families.
Since 2006, First Responders Children’s Foundation has spent $3 Million to help ensure that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow.
The Foundation has awarded more than $787,000 through 320 college scholarships and emergency grants to first responder families and departments across 37 states.
First Responders Children’s Foundation was formed in 2002 as the National Law Enforcement & Firefighter Children’s Foundation. Founder Alfred R. Kahn hosted the first signature event, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast, in November, 2001 shortly after the 9/11 tragedy.
His hope was to provide the families of New York’s first responders lost in the line of duty with a positive, supportive, and festive atmosphere as they entered what was certain to be a very difficult holiday season.
There continues to be a clear need to help and support the families of first responders across the country with crucial assistance when disaster strikes.
The Foundation awards scholarships and grants and works with departments, businesses, and local communities to reach children in need of assistance across the country.