Denis Leary Gives Detroit Firefighters New Equipment


American actor and comedian Denis Leary has donated new equipment to firefighters in the bankrupt city of Detroit, Michigan. The equipment that was lacking and much-needed is worth more than $260,000 (£162,500).

The amazing movie star has offered cutting-edge equipment through his Leary Firefighters Foundation, after collecting the money through proceeds from his documentary film Burn. The movie tells a story about Detroit seen through the eyes of firefighters and chronicles the struggles emergency services have to deal with. Leary presented the donation to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins on Thursday morning (22May14).

He said, “Each time we are blessed with the ability to donate funds which will help the brave and courageous firefighters of this country, we do so with gratitude and admiration. Every dollar makes a difference. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and spend time with the firefighters featured in our film Burn and I know the circumstances they work under. I sincerely hope this gift can aid them and their fellow firefighters in making improvements on the job.

The equipment donated included Thermal Imaging Cameras, Carbon Monoxide Detectors and all of the various accessories needed for the immediate usage and maximum efficiency of the equipment.

Apart from being the executive producer for Burn, he also portrayed a firefighter on the TV series Rescue Me. Leary set up the charity organisation in 2000 in response to the 1999 Cold Storage Warehouse fire tragedy in his native Worcester, Massachusetts and in memory of a cousin and childhood friend who died on the job.

Detroit city officials declared bankruptcy in July, 2013 with debts of at least $18 billion!

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