Lori Harris, the wife of an LAFD firefighter who passed away in his thirties, shares her personal story and tells us why the difficult journey inspired her to assist other surviving spouses. Bret Harris was a proud member of the Los Angeles City Fire Department. His battle with cancer motivated Lori to get involved in efforts to educate first responders about the many health risks that come with a career in the fire service.
As members of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, Bret, Lori and their children received many benefits and services during their time of need. Since 1906, Los Angeles City Firefighters have entrusted the L.A. Firemen’s Relief Association to be there for them and those they leave behind. The needs of firefighters are unique because the profession poses many dangers and consequences. Founded on the mission of “firefighters helping firefighters,” the Relief offers programs and assistance for firefighters and their families.
The organization also administers the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to helping the families of LAFD firefighters facing a serious crisis, such as being injured or killed in the line of duty. Thanks to kind and generous contributions, the charity makes a significant impact and provides much needed care for the people served, such as assisting with basic living expenses, health insurance premiums, providing durable medical equipment, and awarding memorial scholarships to children of firefighters who died while active duty.