After a year of suffering with mental illness, I came inches away from taking my own life. I'm so happy and very grateful that I didn't make that selfish decision and respect every day even more now. The first person I spoke truthful about this was Burk Minor with the Wildland Fire Foundation.
What the Foundation does for the Fire Community is priceless, remarkable and honorable. What they stand for, and what they do - they are true angels on Earth. They help families and firefighters through the roughest times of their lives.
I urge you to donate, read more about them, join the 52 Club and share what they do.
From the WFF website:
The Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s main focus is to help the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families. We honor and acknowledge the past, present and future members of the wildland firefighting community and partner with private and interagency organizations to bring recognition to wildland firefighters.
We help maintain and grow the national monument established for our fallen. We operate a financial fund which provides critical assistance to the families of fallen and injured firefighters. We partner with private and interagency organizations to educate the public about wildland fires and promote excellence and safety in firefighting. We present program information and in some instances, onsite crisis support, to government and private fire agencies and other organizations.