Recent events involving fireman's death motivates philanthropist toward continued support.
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) March 15, 2011 - Alex Kouba, an entrepreneur and investor who was born and raised in Los Angeles, is pleased to announce his support of The Los Angeles Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund (part of the Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Association). Kouba, who is actively involved in multiple philanthropic efforts, has pledged assistance for the 100-year-old charity that helps families of firefighters who have been injured or killed in the line of duty.
"Los Angeles can be a dangerous place to work as a firefighter and I want to re-affirm my commitment to supporting this important organization," said Alex Kouba.
"They do an excellent job at assisting spouses and children when firefighters can no longer support their families due to injury or death," added Kouba.
While firefighting can be portrayed as adventurous, it is a very hazardous profession that claims many lives each year in the United States.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 24 American firefighters have already died in the line of duty in 2011, including Glenn L. Allen, a Los Angeles fireman who was killed last month responding to a house fire in Hollywood Hills. A partial ceiling collapse fatally wounded Allen and injured 5 others.
As a long-time supporter of The Los Angeles Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund, Alex Kouba re-affirmed his commitment not long after media reports emerged detailing Allen's death and the circumstances behind it. This included his plans to retire just next year and becoming a grandfather only one day after his death.
In addition to offering financial assistance to families, the Firemen's Fund also helps in providing medical care for those who are suffering long-term, on-the-job injuries such as lung disease and work-related cancers.
Donations also help go towards college scholarship programs to children of firefighters who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.
For more information on how to help, visit http://www.lafra.org/pages/widows-orphans-disabled-firemens-fund .