FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 11, 2018
NEW YORK, New York — The First Responders Children’s Foundation, a non-profit established in 2002 dedicated to supporting the families of first responders that are permanently disabled or have died in the line of duty, is proud to launch a new partnership with CSX as part of its CSX Pride in Service initiative. CSX announced the partnership at a launch event on Friday, November 9, 2018, at the company’s headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.
Co-Executive Director Melinda Donio stated, in reference to the initiative, “We are excited to be selected as a partner on this initiative to work with veterans, active duty military, and first responders, in addition to their families. The event on Friday was an amazing way for us to meet some of the employees of CSX and to engage with them directly on the issues that affect the children of first responders.”

At the launch event, Chase Yancey, First Responder Children’s Foundation scholarship recipient and a freshman at the Tennessee Technological University, shared his personal story about his father, the former Deputy of the Scott County Sheriff’s Department. On November 28, 2003 Yancey’s father was killed in the line of duty.  Donio and Co-Executive Director, Dawne Troupe, expressed that Yancey’s testimonial was reaffirming and empowering of the efforts the foundation has accomplished to date.

CSX’s goal is to positively impact more than 100,000 heroes and their families over the next two years. The First Responders Children’s Foundation is honored to be serving alongside Blue Star Families, Operation Gratitude, Operation Homefront, and Wounded Warrior Project to achieve CSX’s goal.
The Foundation is aligning its goals with the mission of CSX Pride in Service, which aims to connect heroes and their families to their neighbors, resources, support and honor. Troupe said, “The hardships of losing a loved one causes immediate needs for a family’s finances, emotional well-being, and stability. These immediate needs bridge across both the first responder and veteran communities. The collective impact of this endeavor with CSX is a testament to highlighting our heroes and how their families are always serving a greater cause and we are indebted to them for their service.”

In working with CSX Transportation, the foundation will grow its scholarship and grant programs. Donio stated, “In activating the new CSX partnership, the foundation will add a new scholarship: the CSX College Scholarship. Also, we will establish new industry and family assistance grants with the CSX funding. In addition to bolstering scholarship and grant programs, the collaboration with CSX helps the foundation fund community safety education programs and create new community outreach programs over the next two years.”

In the 16 years since the First Responders Children’s Foundation was established, the responsibilities put upon our uniformed heroes have grown exponentially. We work with families and agencies across the country, including police and fire departments, the DEA, FBI, Homeland Security, Secret Service, Forest Service, Border Patrol, Court Officers, EMS and all other forms of first responders to support and uplift first responder families should tragedy strike. We are keenly aware that the impact of the loss or injury of a parent can last a lifetime. First responders count on us to put their families first in times of need – just as they put all of us first every time they go to work.

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.