Foundation honoring fallen Boston FF raises $500K
Kathy Crosby-Bell, mother of firefighter Michael Kennedy, announced the creation of a charity in her son's honor last year
BOSTON — Nearly a year after the death of her son, Firefighter Michael Kennedy, who was killed fighting a 9-alarm blaze on Beacon Street last March, Kathy Crosby-Bell says the foundation she began in his honor has already raised almost $500,000, and is hoping to raise more with a team of runners competing in the Boston Marathon next month.
“It was Michael’s spirit that inspired the Last Call Foundation,” said Crosby-Bell, sitting Thursday in the firehouse on Boylston Street where her son responded to his final call. “I won’t be satisfied until every firefighter is as protected as they can be in such a dangerous job.”
The Last Call Foundation raises funds to support Boston firefighters. Its first three initiatives are to provide a new comfort and canteen truck for the Boston Sparks Association to use when they respond to emergencies; to equip Boston's firehouses with industrial washers and dryers to clean their uniforms; and to fund fire safety research at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.