After years of respect and my own little experience with my local volunteer fire department, I’d like to ask you all to help out with a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Circuit City’s firedog services need help selecting the $100,000 grand prize winner in their “firedog Across America” contest. Your votes will help raise money for firemen across America. If you want to help, then please keep reading…
My name is Matt Navitsky and I’m getting in touch with The Gadgeteer on behalf of Circuit City’s firedog services. The “firedog Across America” contest was launched by Circuit City this past winter to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to America’s firefighters. Now we need help selecting the $100,000 grand prize winner. On top of that, every vote cast will result in a $1 donation to the voter’s chosen firehouse. We’d be thrilled if you could let The Gadgeteer readers know about the contest so they can help raise money for America’s fire safety professionals.
Over 5,000 essays were submitted to www.firedog.com between December 6, 2006 and March 31, 2007, describing the ways in which these everyday heroes go above and beyond the call of duty. From helping communities recover after tragedies, to touching the hearts of those in need, these stories are truly inspiring. Circuit City recently visited the finalists and created a video story for each to help bring the essays to life. Videos for all finalists can be viewed here: http://web.firedog.com/acrossamerica/vote.aspx.
Now that the ten finalists have been selected, we need everyone’s help deciding who the grand prize winner will be. Each of the ten finalist firehouses will receive $20,000 for much-needed equipment and the corresponding essay writer will receive a home “techover” worth $10,000, courtesy of Circuit City’s firedog(SM) services team.
And as a firedog Across America finalist, these ten firehouses are now eligible to win additional funding during this final stage of the campaign when America votes for a $100,000 grand prize winner. Until May 13, Americans can visit www.firedog.com to view all ten firehouse finalists’ stories (also pasted below this email) and vote for their favorite. Each vote will result in a donation of $1 to the voter’s chosen firehouse. At the culmination of the voting stage, the firehouse with the most votes will win the grand prize. The winner will be announced the week of May 14, 2007.
Circuit City developed firedog across America to kick off its new service, firedog, a one-stop shop for consumers’ technology needs: www.firedog.com. Circuit City’s firedog technicians install, optimize, repair, and make technology purchases simple so consumers don’t have to waste time with piles of manuals and tricky cables.
As part of the December launch, Circuit City and firedog also presented $100,000 donations to both the FDNY Foundation, which supports New York City Fire Department initiatives, and the National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation for its efforts in helping children of law enforcement and firefighting personnel. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta were on hand to receive the donations.
Again, we wanted to share information about the firedog Across America contest with The Gadgeteer in hopes that you’d let your readers know about it and help us honor and generate donations for America’s fire safety community. I’ve included the list of ten finalist firehouses below. Please let me know if you decide to encourage your readers to vote for their favorite at www.firedog.com or if I can provide you with further information.
Visit our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/circuitcityfiredog where you’ll find the ten finalist videos.
firedog Across America Finalists:
Chesapeake Fire Station #15 – Chesapeake, VA
A Virginia fire station guides troubled youths on the road to self-discovery with a unique outdoor adventure program that teaches important life skills, including coping, problem solving, trust, teamwork and communication.
Chickahominy Volunteer Fire Department Station 10 – Ashland, VA
A young man with Down syndrome sees his lifelong dream come true when a Virginia firehouse asks him to join its squad.
Contra Costa County Engine 83 – Antioch, CA
California firefighters risk their own safety to assist a local police officer shot in the line of duty, comforting the injured officer in his final moments of life even while the gunman is still at large.
Dover Fire & Rescue – Dover, NH
A New Hampshire firehouse exemplifies brotherhood when it reaches to support a squad member’s family after he’s deployed to Iraq with the National Guard.
Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department – Keeseville, NY
Despite limited financial resources, a local rescue squad leads a ten-day search to recover the body of a missing rafter lost on New York’s Au Sable River long after federal, state and county rescue agencies had given up hope.
Newportville Fire Company No.1 – Levittown, PA
A firehouse brings joy to a local 4-year-old with terminal brain cancer by naming him Honorary Fire Chief, inspiring the squad and winning the affection of the entire Pennsylvania community.
Reminderville Fire Department – Reminderville, OH
An entire Ohio firehouse walks in the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour-long Relay for Life and shocks bystanders by running – in full gear – the final 30 minutes of the course.
Rockaway Point Fire Department – Breezy Point, NY
New York station demonstrates unyielding commitment to public service with contributions to the 9-11 recovery efforts and annual participation in the “Wounded Warriors” event, which hosts injured Iraq War veterans from Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
San Diego Rural Fire Station #76 – El Cajon, CA
A firefighter turns his Harbison Canyon home into a temporary firehouse when Firestorm 2003 destroys everything in its path including his squad’s station and equipment.
West Jackson County Volunteer Fire Department – Biloxi, MS
Concerned citizens-turned-firefighters lead a grassroots effort to bring fire safety to a small Mississippi town and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina become an integral part of the disaster recovery process.