Donation delivered to NYC staff |

Donation delivered to NYC staff

Submitted photo/Bill DrownSeven members of Firehouse No. 253, Ladder Co. 20, Engine 13 in Lower Manhattan died in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. The firehouse benefited from money collected by Nevada County firefighters and their supporters.
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After Nevada County’s biggest fund-raiser for the New York City firefighters, officers and paramedics killed Sept. 11, the county Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council pledged to avoid overhead costs and donate every cent to the families.

Earlier this month, Bill Drown, the council’s president, hand-delivered a check at Trump Towers for $83,645.20 to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.

The council learned of the benefit fund through extensive research.

“We owed it to the community to do that,” said Drown, who visited Lower Manhattan with his wife, Susan, Jan. 18.

Traveling at their own expense, they also visited a firehouse where seven firefighters killed in the terrorist attack had been stationed. They also went to Ground Zero, site of the crumbled World Trade Center towers, where an observation deck has been assembled for the public.

“There really wasn’t much to see because they had done a pretty good job of cleaning up that area,” Drown said.

The benefit fund, founded in 1985, has received 80,000 donations because of the attacks, which killed 341 firefighters, 27 port authority officers, 23 police officers and two paramedics, according to numbers Drown gathered.

Most of Nevada County’s donation – $50,905 – was raised Sept. 29 when firefighters and officers stood at storefronts and street corners collecting money. More donations came in later, and the money has gained interest in a bank account.

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