Miles for MnFIRE Update – 9/18/21

MnFIRE’s newest fundraiser is a walk across Minnesota to raise awareness and much-needed funds for firefighter health. Miles for MnFIRE kicked off on Sept. 12 near Marietta, on the westernmost edge of the state, and is making its way through numerous Minnesota communities, including Lac Qui Parle, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Meeker, McLeod, Carver, Hennepin, Ramsey counties. The walk ends Sept. 18 at the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol in St. Paul.

The final leg of Miles for MnFIRE is underway! Doug Foote started this morning in Hopkins, and is making his way through St. Louis Park and Minneapolis before ending his 200-mile journey in St. Paul.

Doug started Day Six yesterday in Waconia, and walked through Victoria, Chanhassen, Excelsior, Shorewood and Minnetonka before ending the day in Hopkins, where he was just 18 miles from the finish line. Throughout his walk, Doug has been joined by other firefighters, their families and community members who have seen firsthand the alarming rate of heart attacks, suicide and cancer affecting Minnesota’s hometown heroes.

Miles for MnFIRE will come to an end this afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. As Doug approaches the final mile of his journey, dozens of firefighters from across Minnesota are expected to don their turnout gear and walk with him to the end site at the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial site on the State Capitol grounds.

If you’d like to join Doug, and many others, on his last mile onto the Capitol grounds, you can find more details, including a map of Saturday’s route, HERE.

Doug’s long trek from Marietta to St. Paul has so far raised more than $13,000 for MnFIRE to continue its mission of supporting Minnesota firefighter health. There’s still time to make a donation HERE.

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Yesterday was #WorldMentalHealthDay, and despite high rates of trauma exposure, depression, anxiety, substance use, PTSD and marital distress, firefighters still typically suffer in silence due to the stigma around asking for help. It's ok to not be ok, and if we expect firefighters to show up for us on our worst days, it is our responsibility to care and assist them on theirs.

If you need help, please call our free, confidential 24-hour peer support hotline available for all Minnesota firefighters: 888-784-6634.
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Yesterday was #WorldMentalHealthDay, and despite high rates of trauma exposure, depression, anxiety, substance use, PTSD and marital distress, firefighters still typically suffer in silence due to the stigma around asking for help. Its ok to not be ok, and if we expect firefighters to show up for us on our worst days, it is our responsibility to care and assist them on theirs.

If you need help, please call our free, confidential 24-hour peer support hotline available for all Minnesota firefighters: 888-784-6634.

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Any initiatives in the works encouraging cities to recognize and support their firefighters when they ask for help? Or what can we, as spouses, do to advocate at the city level? When firefighters are asking, they are being turned away. Thank you for your efforts and resources you are providing to those who need it most MnFire, we appreciate you❤️ Mayor Jacob Frey

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