As we enter the holiday season, we stop to remember the members of the Chicago Fire Department who are no longer with us. To us, they will always be heroes, but they were also fathers, mothers, spouses, children, and friends. They loved their families who in return loved them for the people they were both on and off duty. They will be especially missed at the Thanksgiving table today.
The Ende, Menzer, Walsh & Quinn Retiree's, Widow's and Children’s Assistance Fund is very grateful for the support of the community; our active members and our retired brothers and sisters. By supporting the EMWQ Fund, you have allowed us to honor these heroes by looking after who they cared about most -- their families.
In a few weeks we will send our annual gift checks to our widows and children. Because of your generosity, we were able to increase the annual gift provided to each of our beneficiaries this year for a total distribution of $760,000 to just over 600 widows and children. Thank you for making this possible. We hope to continue to increase this gift in the future and encourage you to take this opportunity to once again answer the call for our families.
As we remember what we are thankful for this season, please remember our heroes; especially Chicago's Bravest who are away from their families and on duty today.
Lt. Tony Martin
EMWQ Retiree's, Widow's and Children’s Assistance Fund