Northern Ohio Fire Fighters

Northern Ohio Firefighters Charities is a 501(c) 3 that was founded to help people in their time of need. Firefighters/Emergency Medical Professionals are in a unique position to help identify people in the community who need a helping hand. Emergency response personnel are often on the front lines in being able to identify members of the community who are in dire need of assistance. The funds raised by Northern Ohio Charities are used to improve the quality of people’s lives in many different ways. It might be a firefighter fighting a debilitating and destructive disease, a family displaced from their home due to the devastating effects of fire or assistance with medical expenses for a young child suffering from cancer.

Firefighters and paramedics work long shifts and are dedicated to helping others every time the alarm sounds.


On occasion, there is more work that can be done after the emergency response is completed. That is when Northern Ohio Firefighters Charities steps in. Most firefighters have a deep passion for helping others and Northern Ohio Firefighters Charities is yet another way to accomplish the goal of making people’s lives better.

Please help Parma I.A.F.F. Local 639 raise money for a good cause. They are raising money through GoFundMe for Youth Challenge of Northeast Ohio. This is an organization that provides sports and recreational activities for children with disabilities. Please encourage you members to help Parma with this "No Shave November" fundraiser. Read More…

On January 5th of this year, our Brother Seamus was on duty when he experienced a severe headache, nausea and elevated blood pressure. His shift mates transported him to Lake West emergency room where a CT scan revealed a 5-6 cm tumor in his frontal lobe. He was later transported to University Hospital in Cleveland where results were confirmed with an MRI and next steps were identified.

One week later, Seamus underwent brain surgery and the surgeon was able to remove the majority of the tumor. He experienced some speech and motor deficit but is in the process of overcoming those obstacles. Pathology revealed that the tumor was cancerous , so he began an intense treatment of Proton Therapy and Chemo five days a week for six weeks. That portion of his treatment will be finished in early April. Then he starts the next round.

He came to the U.S. from Ireland in pursuit of an engineering degree, but along the way met his beautiful wife Cyndie (an EMT at the time) who exposed him to the world of emergency response. He was hooked from the start and pursued further studies, while serving as a volunteer firefighter until being appointed to a postition with the Willoughby Fire Department in 2004. His love of the job and continued learning is evident: He is on the county Tech team, the county Hazmat team and serves as a fire instructor. In 2001 after 9/11 Seamus even went to Ground Zero to help.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has a white paper outlining ways for firefighters to reduce risk for cardiac disease. The white paper lays out a detailed plan for firefighters, company officers as well as leadership organizations. It is an important read that should be posted in every fire station across the country. Read More…

Aluminum Cans for Burned Children is asking for your participation in our 6th annual LCR Event. It will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Church of the Assumption Family Center in Broadview Heights. See attached flier for ticket information. The ticket donation price is $25.00 per ticket which includes dinner and your entrance fee into the LCR (left, center, right) game. Read More…

The Willoughby Fire Department’s Annual Awards Presentation Ceremony at Willoughby City Council Meeting on Tuesday April 16th. The awards presented; are always presented for the previous year, these awards are for 2012. Congratulations to all, they are well deserved for each of this years recipients. — Willoughby Fire Departments 2012 Awards Presentation