History

Our History

National Law Enforcement & Firefighter Children’s Foundation founder and President, Alfred R. Kahn, hosted our first annual Thanksgiving Parade Breakfast in November, 2001 – just after the 9/11 tragedy.  His hope was to provide the families of New York’s first responders lost in the line of duty with a positive, supportive and festive atmosphere as they entered what was sure to be a very difficult holiday season.  The event was even more powerful for the children and families than Mr. Kahn could have imagined. 

“Your Thanksgiving event brings so much joy to so many people – I can’t begin to tell you how much everyone (including me) appreciates it!!” – Chief Joseph J. Esposito, NYPD

 

NY Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano with the kids enjoying the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo by Thorsten Roth

NY Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano with the kids enjoying the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo by Thorsten Roth

The overwhelmingly grateful response from these families underscored for Al that the impact of each loss was going to last a lifetime.  There was a clear need for an organization that could be there to help these families, and others across the country, with crucial assistance years into the future.

A few months later, the National Law Enforcement & Firefighters Children’s Foundation (NLEAFCF) was incorporated.  In 2018, the NLEAFCF will stage our 18th annual Thanksgiving Parade breakfast.  Each year, we host more than 1300 children and family members of our fallen heroes from the New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, Port Authority Police Department, Wounded Warriors, America’s Camp and other local law enforcement and firefighting teams for a hot breakfast and a front row view of the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Scholarships & Grant Program

In 2006, the NLEAFCF Scholarship & Grant Program was launched.  Since then the Foundation has provided over 250 college scholarships and special need grants to individuals from line of duty families and law enforcement and firefighter organizations across 32 states.