Dear Lou,

During my many years of public service, I have visited a number of urban fires and natural wildfires. My visit to Santa Rosa, however, was unprecedented. I have never seen such devastation, nor have I ever seen such devastation wrought so rapidly and all encompassing. 

While the damage was unprecedented, what was proven routine at these events, yet never taken for granted, is the tremendous amount of courage and dedication to public safety demonstrated by our (your) firefighters. Most especially, I was touched by those firefighters who raced to fight the fire, while knowing that their own homes had been lost, and their own families could still be in danger. The commitment to the safety and the protection of their community proved paramount – an unbelievable characteristic for which I am so tremendously grateful.

Enclosed, please find a $10,000 contribution to the Northern California Firefighters' "Go Fund a Hero" campaign. I trust that these funds will go directly to the firefighters who have lost everything as a result of these fires in Northern California. Specifically, I request that these funds be directed toward firefighters with families and children. I want to make sure that the youngest amongst us are taken care of. Please thank everyone, over and over!

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

Dear Lou,

On behalf of the people of California, I want to sincerely thank you for your leadership during the latest round of devastating wildfires that hit our state.

Your unwavering commitment and dedication to your team of relentless firefighters is inspiring. We are all so proud of the men and women who are putting their own lives on the line to save others. Their courage, bravery, and selflessness will forever be remembered.

Thank you, Lou, for your leadership and friendship.

Kamala D. Harris
United States Senator

President Paulson,


On behalf of the IAFF Charitable Foundation, thank you to all CPF members for your recent generous contribution of $10,000.00 to our Disaster Relief Fund.

These funds went directly to providing food and water, generators and fans, dry clothing, chain saws, tarps and re-building help, direct financial assistance, vaccinations, behavioral health support and anything else required to get our members what they needed in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

In addition to these critical efforts, we have been assisting our members touched by a string of devastating occurrences across the country. The mass shooting in Clark County, Nevada on the end of the Las Vegas Strip and the wildfires currently raging in northern California that have destroyed dozens of our members’ homes and have affected so many make your help even more important during these trying times.

Your generosity demonstrated once again that when we are faced with adversity, we truly have each other’s backs. 

Harold A. Schaitberger
Foundation Chairman