PATERSON, NJ - Thursday was a busy day Paterson firefighters.

“Whether it’s raising money for a cause that’s touched us all, donating toys to make the holidays brighter, or distributing hats and gloves to Paterson children, we are committed to making our city not just safer, but also stronger,” Kyle Hughes, president of FMBA Local 2 said. 

Indeed, the men and women of the Paterson Fire Department, under the banners of the Paterson FMBA Locals 2 and 202, as well as the Bronze Heat, took all of this on, and more, in just one day.

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Members first gathered at Fire Headquarters, where, along with Mayor Andre Sayegh and Chief Brian McDermott, they officially donated $21,000 to the St. Joseph’s Foundation. The amount, their highest to date in eight years, came through t-shirt and sweatshirt sales for Breast Cancer Awareness month, and brings the total amount raised to just under $100,000.

Like answering multiple alarms, while this presentation was happening members of the Bronze Heat, Paterson’s chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, was at School 6 with Jean Siver and her Lady in the Mirror Organization, giving out new winter jackets and gloves to students.

Still feeling, and acting on, the spirit of the season, several Paterson firefighters, in an effort organized by their unions, arrived at School 18, with Santa alongside them, bringing Christmas gifts. This effort, Hughes said, is an annual one and was set to continue Friday with visits to at least two more schools as well as the Paterson Public Library.


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