Pierce Manufacturing and Harley-Davidson announce expanded program to support families of fallen firefightersAppleton, WI (September 1, 2009) - Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, and Harley-Davidson Motor Company [NYSE: HOG], the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, today launched an expanded, nationwide campaign to assist the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). The announcement marks the kick-off of the second program that Pierce and Harley-Davidson have teamed up with their NFFF “Full Throttle Support” campaign to assist the families of fallen firefighters who die in the line of duty. The announcement was made during the opening session of Fire Rescue International (FRI) in Dallas, Tex.
"Pierce has once again teamed up with Harley-Davidson to form a powerful partnership to give back to firefighters who make the ultimate sacrifice. Our first year results to the NFFF Full Throttle Support campaign were very gratifying and beyond our expectations -- with more than $135,000 raised -- but there’s so much more that needs to be accomplished,” said Wilson Jones, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president Fire & Emergency. “Together with Harley-Davidson, we are proud to be supporting an extraordinary organization, the NFFF.”
Through March 31, 2010 participants can visit NFFF.FullThrottleSupport.com to make a donation to the NFFF. When they do, they will automatically be entered in the NFFF Full Throttle Support Sweepstakes* for the chance to win a 2010 custom, one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle. The sweepstakes winner will be announced at a special ceremony at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis.
“We will never be able to thank our sponsors enough for the light they shine on our organization and its mission,” said Ron Siarnicki, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation executive director. “With the help of partners like Pierce, Harley-Davidson and Oshkosh Corporation, we’ve been able to support and expand our programming for the families of fallen firefighters.”
The NFFF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that remembers and honors America’s fallen firefighters by providing their survivors with a place to turn for help in rebuilding their lives. Spouses and children of fallen firefighters are eligible, through NFFF, for education, scholarship assistance as well as job training. Furthermore, NFFF-established peer networks offer families and coworkers essential emotional support.
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