National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

The Honor Cup is very proud to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), a National charity that honors and remembers America's fallen fire heroes, provides resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives, and works within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.


NFFF has received strong independent reviews, including a "4-star" rating (highest) and score of 92.92/100 from Charity Navigator.

NFFF offers the following programs:

financial assistance for post-secondary education and training to spouses, life partners, children and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Memorial;

a special week of activities designed to address issues related to loss, provide training for those providing outreach to others, and provide a chance to network with other survivors;

families receive a remembrance card from another surivor during the anniversary month of their firefighter's death;

a weekend bereavement camp for children and stepchildren of fallen firefighters;

programs for young adults, ages 18-24, whose firefighter parent died in the line of duty;

sponsorship of the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year that includes private activities for survivors and co-workers, along with public ceremonies;

and the decoration of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel during the holiday season, including ornaments, holiday cards, and notes from loved ones of fallen firefighters.

NFFF Website


The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is registered as a corporation in the State of Maryland. The Foundation receives funding through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations.

A grant from the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance supports programs for survivors of fallen firefighters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency partners with the Foundation to sponsor many of the National Memorial Weekend activities. The National Institute of Standards and Technology supports work on a national research agenda to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries.

Each October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the weekend activities held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The Weekend features special programs for survivors and coworkers along with moving public ceremonies.

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