By

Sydney Schoeberle
Several people from the MnFIRE team volunteered at this year’s Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service on Sunday, where hundreds gathered on the State Capitol grounds to remember our brothers and sisters in the fire service who have paid the ultimate price. For 11 years, the event – coordinated by the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation –...
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Firefighting is no easy task. The mental struggles that come with the job run as deep as the physical ones. Firefighters experience traumatic stress at high rates, which can weigh on someone day after day in this vital yet demanding job. Those in the fire service experience much higher rates of mental health challenges than...
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Since it was passed in July 2021, the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program (HHAP) has supported hundreds of peer support calls and visits with mental health providers, trained the majority of the state’s firefighters on their occupational health risks, and has paid out nearly $800,000 in critical illness claims – all at no cost to firefighters,...
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Since Day 1, William Ewald has fully supported MnFIRE and its mission, especially the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program (HHAP). “But I was the absolute last one who thought I would need it because I felt so good,” said William, who is a captain for the St. Bonifacius Fire Department. When William faced health challenges, the 59-year-old...
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Firefighters experience loss more frequently than most. And with loss comes grief, survivor’s guilt and other feelings that can be difficult to manage and hard to carry. Whether that loss is related to a lethal fire, responding to a difficult 911 call, or a fellow firefighter dying in the line of duty, loved ones and...
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We enjoyed a beautiful day on the golf course at our 2022 MnFORE Golf Tournament last week! We want to thank everyone who joined us out at Bearpath Golf & Country Club for supporting the health and well-being of Minnesota’s firefighters. Thanks to you, we raised more than we ever have before at this event!...
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