2013-05-24 / Community

Point Breeze: Swarmed By Angels

Neither the gloomy weather nor the unrecognizable landscape could keep the smiles and feelings of hope away from the Point Breeze Firehouse on Sunday, May 19th. The reason: The Friends of Rigby Foundation, accompanied by State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and a representative from State Senator Joseph Addabbo’s office, had arrived to present the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department (PBFD) with a $15,000 donation. Committing more than 50 percent of the proceeds from their annual St. Patrick’s fundraiser, the Friends of Rigby contributed the $15K towards the purchase of a new Jaws of Life, a piece of equipment essential to the lifesaving efforts of the PBFD.

The Friends of Rigby Foundation was founded in 2006, honoring the life of the late Daniel H. Rigby who tragically passed away in an off-campus house fire at Georgetown University in 2004. Since inception, the Foundation has held fundraising events to support their mission to promote fire safety and prevention amongst college students.

In the wake of the fire that ravaged Breezy Point during Hurricane Sandy and in appreciation of the heroic efforts on that day, the Friends of Rigby Foundation made a pledge to help the PBFD in whatever way they could. The St. Patrick’s fundraiser was held at the historic Irving Plaza in New York City on Saturday, March 16th, and had over 500 guests in attendance. Among them was PBFD Fire Chief Martin Ingram who had the opportunity to address the crowd flanked by members of the PBFD. The gratitude expressed by Chief Ingram on behalf of the Point Breeze Fire Department and Breezy Point as a whole was overwhelming:

“I knew the night of the storm that we had a lot of external help. I never knew Dan Rigby but I know that night he was with us. Ever since the Hurricane we have been swarmed by angels. The Rigby Foundation is one of those angels. We need to rebuild the Point Breeze Firehouse and the funds raised by the Friends of Rigby go a long way toward our recovery as a community. Thank you to the Friends of Rigby Foundation.”

As a volunteer organization, the PBFD does not receive any state funding and relies solely on donations from the community to subsidize their costs.

The Friends of Rigby Foundation was privileged to be able to provide the PBFD with the means for a new Jaws of Life so they can continue to serve the Breezy community, as it has since 1910.

“The Friends of Rigby Foundation is humbled by the opportunity to acknowledge the service and bravery of the Point Breeze Fire Department assisting in the Breezy rebuilding effort. Our charity’s namesake – Daniel H. Rigby – was a strong believer in giving back. We are honored to give back to the PBFD on behalf of Danny,” Jay Tedino, President of The Friends of Rigby Foundation said.

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