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Sixty years ago, the first Black firefighters were hired by Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. Those 16 firefighters, stationed at Atlanta Fire Station 16, made history, and today AFRD is recognized as one of the most diverse fire departments in the country. They did more than integrate the department, however. They also created a legacy of serving the community they protect – a legacy that persists today.
In 1970, the Black firefighters of Station 16 invited neighborhood families to the station house for a hot holiday meal and gave gifts to all the children, a tradition that has continued for over 50 years. The party creates bonds between the community and the public safety officers serving them. Families from the Vine City, English Ave and Washington Heights communities enjoy a hot meal and nearly 400 children receive presents. This year, Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation is partnering with the Empty Stocking Fund to provide gifts for the children. Additional funding will allow us to purchase bikes. Your support will help make that possible.
Supporters of the Station 16 Holiday Party help carry on the tradition of a caring community started by those 16 firefighters so many years ago. Will you consider a gift of $53 in honor of Station 16’s 53 years of serving its community? Your gift will help make the holidays brighter for your neighbors and let these families know you care.
The Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation is proud to support Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s Station 16 Holiday Party and we thank you in advance for your support.
If you want to learn more about Station 16, please click here. If you would like more information or have any questions about the party, please contact Kristen Cascante at firstname.lastname@example.org.