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Fallen First Responders Associaton

Chad Vail is a full-time employee of the Pennsylvania State Police and the President and Founder of Fallen First Responders Association (FFRA), a non-profit formed to assist the families of any first responder who has lost his or her life in the line of duty.

Vail is also the host of the first-ever fundraiser sponsored by and held in the newly opened Hatchet House, an axe throwing venue, at 362 Market Street, Williamsport.

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The axe throwing fundraiser is set for Monday, July 15, 2019, from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all proceeds will directly benefit FFRA. “Funds help with a number of things,” said Vail, “including a scholarship program for kids of fallen first responders, training and equipment grants for police, fire, and EMT departments, and six bulletproof vests each year for departments that aren’t able to provide them.”

The fundraising event is $35, catered by Moe’s, and is BYOB. A $100 gift card donated by Wegman’s will be awarded via a free drawing on Monday night. Register ahead of time to fill out the waiver online, or walk-in the evening of the event (limit of 50 participants) and help the FFRA raise money while you throw sharp objects! 

About the FFRA

FFRA was founded in 2019 to financially assist the families of members who are killed in the line of duty. A first responder is considered an active law enforcement officer, firefighter (paid or volunteer), corrections officer, probation or parole agent, or EMS (EMT and paramedic) member. 

Financial assistance of $25,000 is awarded immediately--within 48 hours of the line of duty death--to the beneficiary of the FFRA member. First responders are eligible for line-of-duty death benefits and life insurance, “but those payouts take time,” said Vail. “Within 48 hours of a member first responder’s death, I will personally hand the family a check.” The funds are there to support a family in those first shocking few weeks and months after losing a loved one in the line of duty.

Additional funds in the form of scholarships are available to the children of fallen First Responders.  

For more information about FFRA membership, scholarships, grants, and how to donate visit their website.