Firefighter shirt sales produce $25,000 for fund

Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks Fire Fighters Association has sent a check for $25,100 to a relief fund for New York firefighters from the sale of 2,700 t-shirts.

The shirts memorializing the victims of Sept. 11.

Fairbanks firefighter Brian Davis, who spearheaded the shirt campaign along with fellow firefighter Scott Raygor, said there was initial skepticism about whether the shirts would sell.

''We were worried about ordering 200 shirts and getting stuck with 150 at the end,'' he said.

Instead, the original 200 was gone within an hour of going on sale.

''We had such a large demand for them, we just kept ordering and ordering,'' he said. ''We did far more than we expected, moneywise. For a community of our size, we did real well.''

The money was sent to the International Association of Fire Fighters, where it will go into the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief fund. The fund has already raised more than $70 million to be distributed to the families of the 344 firefighters killed in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

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