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    MIDTOWN, Manhattan -- A heartwarming tradition returned on Thanksgiving for the families of first responders who have died in the line of duty.The First Responder Children's Foundation threw its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast at Bryant Park Grill.The event was canceled last year due to the pandemic.Families of fallen police officers and firefighters ate together before getting a front-row seat to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade."Taking care of the families and the children of men and women, particularly with the fire and police department that made tremendous sacrifices, so it's great to be here among friends to show that we still care and how much they mean to all of us," said NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.The first breakfast was held in November 2001 to help comfort families who had lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks.ALSO READ | Hundreds of FedEx packages found tossed into ravine, sheriff saysEMBED More News Videos Hundreds of FedEx packages were discovered discarded in a ravine Wednesday in Blount County, Alabama, according to the local sheriff's office. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More Manhattan...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — FAO Schwarz and the Uniformed Firefighters Association helped bring holiday cheer Sunday to the children of fallen firefighters. As CBS2’s Christina Fan reported, 50 kids and their families were treated to a full day of fun. READ MORE: Military Families Get Holiday Gift From Boots Up Charity, FAO SchwarzJoy overflowed from the back of a fire engine in front of FAO Schwarz, where Santa Claus, FDNY mascot Hot Dog, and toy soldiers brought smiles to widows and their children, fulfilling a promise made to their fallen heroes “We thank you so much for coming and being a part of this. You make our day more than we make yours,” said Andrew Ansbro, president of the UFA. For 40 years, the union has been providing smiles to families of firefighters killed while on duty. Sunday’s celebration was especially meaningful to Erika Oelkers and her three daughters, who lost FDNY firefighter Tom Oelkers in May to 9/11-related cancer. “The last nine months when my husband was sick was really difficult for them. They watched him deteriorate pretty quickly...
    MIDTOWN EAST, Manhattan (WABC) -- New York's Bravest brought holiday cheer to families of fallen firefighters with a trip to Rockefeller Plaza.Firefighters shut down the FAO Schwarz store on Sunday, and children got to meet Santa, sing songs, and dash through the store.Firefighters also treated the families to a ride in a fire truck.Families say they were happy to see firefighters keep the memories of their loved ones alive.This is a 40-year-tradition for the Uniformed Firefighters Association Widows and Children Fund.ALSO READ | Anonymous patron pays bills for everyone eating at Staten Island dinerEMBED More News Videos The owner hopes the generous customer returns so they can thank him for the kind gesture. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More Manhattan news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    Rep. Dan Crenshaw tore into the Biden administration's reported plan to pay migrant families separated at the border after crossing illegally $450,000 per person, noting that it was higher even than service members who die in combat.  'Biden wants to pay illegal immigrants $450,000 for their hardship while breaking our laws. For perspective, if a service member is killed in action, their next of kin gets an insurance payment of $400,000,' the Texas Republican wrote on Twitter. 'Let that sink in.' The US government offers $100,000 for those who die in combat.   The death gratuity payment, as it's called, is distributed among family members as designated by the service member, who is also eligible to opt in to a life insurance policy that pays out up to $400,000.     The US government also pays almost nothing to those who suffer a loss as a result of drone strikes abroad.   The government is currently trying to settle with migrants who say the Trump-era zero-tolerance policy, which in some cases separated them from their children for months at a time, caused them...
    President Joe Biden is exploring the idea of offering big sums of cash to families of illegal immigrants deported under President Donald Trump’s border policy, according to reports, more than paid to military families after their child dies in war. The Wall Street Journal reported that payments of $450,000 per person or close to $1 million per family are being considered by the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services to settle lawsuits filed by the ACLU on behalf of families entering the United States illegally. The United States pays a death gratuity payment of $100,000 to the families of slain servicemembers who die while on active duty. A flag-draped transfer case with the remains of a fallen servicemember is placed inside a transfer vehicle (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images). Republicans expressed outrage over the report, including Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who pointed out the disparity between the proposed payments to illegals versus military families. “Biden wants to pay illegal immigrants $450,000 for their hardship while breaking our laws,” he wrote on social media: Biden wants to pay...
    STOCKTON (CBS13) – The family of a fallen hero now has a forever home. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is paying off the mortgage of fallen Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn. “They emailed me yesterday and I can’t believe it. I still can’t believe it,” Tela Inn told CBS13. “Just to know that no matter what happens, that my kids have a home that they can come to, a home that all of our memories as a family the past two years were in this home.” READ MORE: Kid COVID Vaccine Confusion: Who's Approved, Authorized Or Mandated?Inn has a hard time finding the words for kindness so unexpected. Back in May, Tela, who is also a police officer, lost her husband when he was shot and killed responding to a domestic violence call. “I’m at a loss for words. I mean, Jimmy and I purchased this house a little over two years ago, so we still have a lot left to pay on it,” said Tela. “This peace and security, she deserves so much, and for the sacrifice her family...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A party in Northeast Philadelphia raised money for a good cause. There was a big turnout at the 24th Annual Police Survivors Fund Benefit on Sunday. READ MORE: Jalen Hurts Leads Eagles To 1-0 Start As Rookies Shine In 32-6 Win Over Atlanta Falcons The event was sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police and held at their headquarters. READ MORE: Gov. Phil Murphy Confirms 2 More Lives Lost Due To Remnants Of Ida, Bringing Total To 29 In New Jersey There was food, entertainment, and cool raffle ticket items. MORE NEWS: 2 Philadelphia Police Officers, Driver Injured In Crash In Spring Garden Neighborhood, Police Say The proceeds will benefit the Police Survivors Fund for the families of officers who died in the line of duty.
    The family of a Marine who died in the Aug. 26 terror bombing in Kabul is blaming the Biden administration for the attack. President Joe Biden met with the family of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum on Sunday, The Washington Post reported. The length of the meeting, only a few minutes, showed a “total disregard to the loss of our Marine,” McCollum’s sister Roice said. Rylee McCollum, a 20-year old from Wyoming, was one of 13 American soldiers killed by an ISIS-K suicide bomber outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. His wife is pregnant with their unborn child. A GoFundMe for McCollum’s child’s education had raised more than $428,000 by the afternoon of Aug. 30.  (RELATED: ‘He Was So Excited To Be A Dad’: Wyoming Native And Father-To-Be Among Marines Killed In Kabul Attack) Biden met privately with McCollum’s widow Jiennah, Roice McCollum said. During the meeting, Biden reportedly referenced his son Beau’s military service. The interaction struck the McCollum family as “scripted and shallow,” according to the Post. “You can’t f— up as bad as he did...
    US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden disembark from Air Force One upon arrival at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida, on July 1, 2021, as they travel to Surfside, Florida.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden traveled Sunday to Dover Air Force Base to view the dignified transfer of the remains of the U.S. service members killed in Kabul last week. A dignified transfer is a solemn process in which the remains of fallen service members are carried from an aircraft to an awaiting vehicle. A dignified transfer is conducted for every U.S. service member killed in action. The Pentagon on Saturday released the names of the 13 U.S. service members killed as the result of a suicide bomber attack while conducting a humanitarian evacuation mission in Afghanistan. The president and first lady will also meet privately with the families of the fallen before observing the movement of the 13 American flag-draped caskets. The August 26 attack near the gates of Hamid Karzai International Airport, which killed 11 Marines,...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- About 5,000 people walked near Soldier Field to honor the life of Ella French and other Chicago police officers who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.Loved ones of fallen officers and supporters of Chicago police walked and ran with a purpose Sunday. The 17th Annual Run to Remember returned for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic."We're here today to remember the sacrifices that police officers make," said Robert Gordon, 25-year police veteran for the City of Berwyn.RELATED: Chicago man charged in shooting of 2 ATF agents, CPD officer in Morgan ParkGordon runs for his fallen brother."It was 17 years ago, I buried my brother, Chicago Police Officer Michael Gordon. He was killed in a horrific car crash in the 11th District."Gordon and his team also honored a fallen officer from Berwyn, Chuck Schauer.The run brings in donations every year, providing more than $15 million to families of fallen and seriously injured police officers since 2006.Laura Mathews knows first-hand how important that is."My husband was killed in the line...
    The families of nine U.S. service members who drowned in a training accident last year are planning to sue the manufacturer of the vehicle that sank off the coast of California. The Marines have since disciplined 11 service members, including a general, in the incident. On July 30, 2020, the Marines left the mother ship in the amphibious assault vehicle for a practice landing on San Clemente Island. But the vehicle's transmission failed, the engine quit and the vehicle began taking on water, and it took 45 minutes for help to arrive. The grief-stricken families held a news conference Thursday and called on the Marine Corps to keep amphibious assault vehicles out of the water until their flaws are fixed. They also announced the lawsuit against the vehicle manufacturer, BAE Systems. Attorneys representing the families claim the company knew about a defective cargo hatch door and never corrected it, CBS affiliate KFMB reported. The families said they hope to force the company to fix the vehicle's defects which led it to sink and then trap the Marines inside. In...
    The Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced Thursday that it would host a reading this Veterans Day on the National Mall of all 7,059 names of service members who sacrificed their lives in the post-9/11 wars. The reading will take place at the Lincoln Memorial in the nation’s capital. In addition, volunteers will carry banners with each fallen service members’ picture. “We at the Tunnel to Towers Foundation believe it is our responsibility and our honor to make sure that their sacrifice and the sacrifice made by so many other families are never forgotten,” said the foundation’s CEO Frank Siller. “We’ll be reading those 7,059 names here on Veterans Day for the first time ever at the Lincoln Memorial,” he said. “We do it because as a nation, we must acknowledge these great American heroes, because it is right, it is just, and it is about time that we did it.” Siller started the foundation after losing his youngest brother, New York firefighter Stephen Siller, on 9/11. He said his brother strapped 60 pounds of fire gear on his back and...
    Former President Donald Trump on Saturday told a story about seeing Gold Star families react to the caskets of their fallen loved ones returning home from war. While speaking at the North Carolina GOP Convention in Greenville Saturday night, the former president detailed the anguish that the families feel seeing the coffins of their sons and daughters come out of the airplane in a clip that was widely shared on the internet. WATCH: “I’d visit soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital, where the doctors are truly fantastic, what they can do,” Trump began. “I’d see these young people who were blown to pieces, and it’s, it’s just so sad.” “I’d be at Dover where these magnificent machines, the big cargo planes, and that door would open up and there’d be a coffin in the back. And the military soldiers would take that coffin and walk it off the plane,” he said. “And I’d be with the parents, an hour before, and we’d be talking,” he went on. “And I’d say to the general in charge, ‘general, the parents seem to...
    Genealogy website MyHeritage is providing families a unique way to observe Memorial Day – by reconnecting them with departed loved ones.  MyHeritage united with NGO "Stories of Sacrifice" – a podcast dedicated to interviewing families of Prisoners of War or soldiers Missing in Action (MIA) – to make the project a reality: By using MyHeritage’s Deep Nostalgia tool, individuals can see photos animated and colorized.  The Deep Nostalgia technology works on photos in both color and black and white, and takes 10 to 20 seconds to animate, according to the MyHeritage website.  MEMORIAL DAY 2021: WHAT EVENTS ARE HAPPENING DURING THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND? "Deep Nostalgia can very accurately apply the drivers to a face in your still photo, creating a short video that you can share with your friends and family," MyHeritage explains. "The driver guides the movements in the animation so you can see your ancestors smile, blink, and turn their heads." The ability to revive loved ones – or even to bring to life a recent ancestor – gives the families of veterans a chance to reconnect with...
    A scholarship named after the late conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh has been established to benefit families of fallen members of the police and U.S. military.  TMZ reported Thursday that the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation (MC-LEF) is launching the Rush Limbaugh Memorial "Giant of Philanthropy" Scholarship, which will award $35,000 to between 12 and 20 families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.  According to TMZ, Limbaugh had donated roughly $3.5 million to the organization over the years. MC-LEF President Ed Boran and Executive Director Sue Boulhosa told TMZ the scholarship will be launched "right away" and will "last for years." Recipients of the scholarship will be notified in a condolence letter that Limbaugh was the donor.  TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR CONSERVATIVE 'LEGEND' RUSH LIMBAUGH: 'A HERO FOR THIS COUNTRY' "MC-LEF was founded in 1995 and Rush was critical in its first 32 scholarships following the Oklahoma City bombing. Last year the org doled out 169 scholarships to more than 100 families," TMZ reported.  VideoLimbaugh passed away on Wednesday at the age of 70 following a battle with lung cancer. His wife, Kathryn,...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- CPD Sergeant Lori Cooper has been stripped of her police powers after being arrested at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond on multiple charges.The charges from the October incident include felony battery against a law enforcement officer.According to police and court documents, the alleged incident began when a security guard responded to a bathroom "where a casino employee may have been battered" by Cooper, who appeared to be drunk. As security attempted to escort her and another woman outside, Cooper was allegedly "angry, insulting and uncooperative" before "charging and then striking" an Indiana Gaming Commission officer "twice in his chest and stomach."The alleged incident stands in stark contrast to the grace and compassion Cooper has shown publicly as one of a few hand-picked department members whose job it is to console families of fallen officers at funerals.In 2019, she spoke with ABC7's Leah Hope about her the honor and responsibility.RELATED: Inside the CPD unit dedicated to supporting families of fallen officers"You know, we make promises, Leah, to the families. And we say we'll never forget. A lot of...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A holiday tradition for the families of fallen Chicago Police officers may look a little different this year, but Operation Santa is still in full swing. “I think we’re going to bring a lot of joy to a lot of families today, and that’s what it’s all about,” said former Chicago Police Supt. Phil Cline, now executive director for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. “I always tell the officers on this, ‘You’ll get more out of this than the families will, and I’ve never been proven wrong yet.” Santa’s motorcade got a police escort for its first stop for Operation Santa at Macy’s. Each year, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation delivers gifts to the families of fallen and seriously injured officers. This weekend, 17 are on the list. Because of social distancing, officers will drop off presents outside the recipients’ home. Also From CBS Chicago: Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Shoots, Kills Son During Domestic-Related Incident In Garfield Ridge Maria Quiroz Became A U.S. Citizen In October, But Now The Documents To Prove It Are Missing In...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation teamed up with Macy's Saturday for Operation Santa, bringing the holiday spirit and gifts to the families of over a dozen Chicago police officers who have either been killed or badly injured in the line of duty.Among those receiving a motorcade visit Saturday morning was Officer Veronica Murillo."It reminds me that I'm not alone," she said.The CPD veteran said she's on permanent disability after struggling with a suspect in 2016.Saturday's visit was uplifting for her and her children."To see outside extended family come in to greet them, support them, let them know that, you know, you don't feel alone, we have you, supporting you and you know they're there for you," she said. "It means a lot to them as well, positive encouragement."RELATED: Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer murder: Man convicted of killing CPD commander gets life sentenceMurillo's family was lucky to be with her, while other families unfortunately only have memories."It's a tough time of the year for these families, because the holidays and someone is missing, the police officer that...
    A-list stars including Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Chris Pratt, Keanu Reeves, and Mark Wahlberg are featured in a video honoring military families for the Gary Sinise Foundation’s 2020 Virtual Snowball Express. Actor and philanthropist Gary Sinise has sponsored the Snowball Express since 2006, usually ending in an all-expenses-paid, five-day trip to Disney World for around 1,750 children in December. This year, the coronavirus has forced the cancellation of the trip, and the celebration was held virtually. So, to lend a helping hand, a coterie of stars joined Sinese to send the families their season’s greetings. “So many of my pals in Hollywood wanted to be part of this event,” Sinese says at the start of the video, “so, keep your eyes peeled because you’ll be seeing them pop up here and there throughout our time together.” Watch below:  What follows are a series of short greetings from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, singers, sports figures, and other celebrities. Angelina Jolie chimes in, adding, “We owe so much to military families. More than we even know. So I am deeply...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A New York-based nonprofit that honors first responders has announced it has paid off mortgages on the homes of three Chicago police officers and two Illinois State Police troopers killed in the line of duty during the past two years. In a news release, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation said it was “proud to announce its support of these five heroes who did not make it home to their families.” The families include those of Chicago officers Samuel Jimenez, Eduardo Marmolejo and Conrad Gary and state troopers Christopher Lambert and Gerald Ellis. Jimenez was killed in a 2018 shootout at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center with a gunman who also killed a doctor and a pharmacist. In 2019, Marmolejo and Gary were walking on railroad tracks in pursuit of a shooting suspect when they were struck and killed by a train. Lambert died last year when he was struck by a vehicle as he directed traffic at a crash site near Chicago. Ellis was killed two months later when his squad car was struck by a driver...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– A foundation that helps loved ones of fallen first-responders is reaching out to five Illinois families this holiday season. Tunnel To Towers is paying in full, the mortgages of three Chicago Police Department officers and two state troopers. Officer Samuel Jimenez died trying to stop a shooter at Mercy Hospital in 2018. Officers Eduardo Marmolejo and Conrad Gary were hit by a train while pursuing a suspect in 2019. Also last year, trooper Gerald Ellis was killed in the line of duty when he was hit by a wrong-way driver. Trooper Christopher Lambert was securing a crash scene when a driver hit and killed him.” A Tunnel To Towers spokesman says the men were more than members of law enforcement. They were husbands and fathers and their families should always have a place to celebrate the holidays together.
    President Donald Trump on Sunday mocked the “stupid” corporations publicly announcing funding to radical left organizations during the George Floyd protests throughout the summer. “The corporations, these poor stupid people that run the — you know, they get paid a lot of money. They’re weak infective people, let’s face it,” Trump said at his rally in Nevada on Sunday night. Trump estimated that between $100 – $250 million had been pledged to left-wing organizations during the George Floyd protests. Breitbart News reported in June that American corporations pledged $1.175 billion to social and racial justice organizations. “It’s so embarrassing … that money is not used for good reasons,” Trump said. The president mocked the corporations for funding the left-wing groups, noting that the left would turn on them if they had the chance. “They’ll be the first to go if the radical Left ever took — they’d throw those guys out like they were nothing,” he said. “If they were lucky, they’d just be thrown out. It would probably be a lot rougher than that.” Trump suggested that the executives...
    MCALLEN, Texas – Two McAllen police officers were killed in the line of duty on Saturday, according to McAllen ISD Police Department. The department posted on Facebook, and said they are mourning the loss of Officer I. Chavez and Officer E. Garza. Our condolences to the families of our fallen brothers and the McAllen Police Department. We are deeply sadden by this tragedy and will continue to keep you in our prayers.Posted by McAllen ISD Police Department on Saturday, July 11, 2020In a brief statement, the department said, “Our condolences to the families of our fallen brothers and the McAllen Police Department. We are deeply sadden by this tragedy and will continue to keep you in our prayers.” Congressman Vicente Gonzalez took to Facebook as well and said both officers served their community honorably. This is devastating news to our community. My heart breaks for these fallen officers and their families. They served McAllen bravely and honorably and I will keep them in my prayers.Posted by Congressman Vicente Gonzalez on Saturday, July 11, 2020This is a developing story and...
    A charitable campaign to help the families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces is reporting a record fundraising haul. "We set an ambition of $2 million, which was way higher than last year's $1.2 million," announced Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, on "Fox and Friends" on Friday. "We were a little bit apprehensive, but what I can tell you and your viewers today -- on behalf of our 50,000 associates and customers is that we've blown that target away," he continued. "We have doubled last year's performance in donations to the tune of over $2.4 million." LIMITED TIME OFFER, GET YOUR FIRST MONTH OF FOX NATION FOR $0.99 The money will go to Folds of Honor, which is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, that provides educational scholarships to families of those killed or wounded while serving the country. The Southeastern Grocers' campaign was launched on "Fox and Friends" on Memorial Day weekend, and it raised money by asking its customers to round...
    A faith-based organization that honors fallen heroes is pushing back against the anti-police "false narrative" following George Floyd's death and the recent calls to "defund the police." Point 27, teaming up with Shields of Strength, has coordinated with 105 police departments that have experienced a line of duty death since the beginning of the year. 6 STORIES OF POLICE HEROISM FROM ACROSS AMERICA Point 27's national outreach coordinator Jerry Rhodes, a retired detective from the Dallas Police Department, makes his duty to place a phone call –­ within hours of the death –­ to the family of the fallen officer and his department to offer full support. He then writes a letter offering condolences and sends Thin Blue Line Dog Tags engraved with Matthew 5:9 ("Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God") for officers in the department, as well as Folded Flag necklaces engraved with John 15:13 ("Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends") for each family member. Colonel David Dodd, U.S. Army, Ret., is the executive director of Point 27, which provides Bible verse dog...
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