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Dearborn Firefighters to Host Fundraisers for Those Affected by September 11 Attacks

A guest bartending event and charity hockey game will both benefit Friends of Firefighters, an organization in New York that provides counseling for FDNY members.

This Sept. 11, Dearborn firefighters are doing their part to help families and fellow firefighters affected by the 9/11 attacks in New York City.

First, members of the Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive will be slinging drinks behind the bar at in downtown west Dearborn on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 6-11:30 p.m. Guests bartenders will have boots out for donations, and urge visitors to give generously.

Then on Friday, Sept. 21, the Dearborn Fire Hockey Team will take on the Detroit Fire Hockey Team at the Kennedy Arena in Trenton at 8:20 p.m. All are welcome to come to the game, and the admission price is whatever people would like to donate. A 50/50 raffle and other events will also be held at the game.

All proceeds will go to Friends of Firefighters, a Brooklyn-based organization that provides professional and peer counseling–mostly free of charge–to past and present members of the Fire Department of New York affected by 9/11, as well as their families.

The organization also works to help families of firefighters hurt by 9/11.

"It is an amazing thing that they are doing to help out those who have lost and given so much," Dearborn firefighter Michael Mattern said of the organization.

To cap off their fundraising, Mattern said that members of the Dearborn Fire Department will be driving out to New York to hand deliver the check and pay respects at Ground Zero.

Learn more at www.dearbornff.org.

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