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Hero’s Challenge makes donations to Box 55 and James Edward Seay Jr. Scholarship Fund

Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer

Proceeds from silent auctions at the Hero’s Challenge will benefit both non-profit organizations.

Nashville, TN (June 20, 2018) – Members of Nashville Fire Department leadership and The IAFF Local 140 presented two checks for $871 each to Box 55 and the James Edward Seay Jr. Scholarship fund, from proceeds raised at The IAFF Local 140 Hero’s Challenge, May 5, 2018.

Box 55 responds to all working fires and by special request to other emergency situations such as search and rescue, SWAT, Haz-Mat, major MVA’s and other extended operations. Box 55 is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization of volunteers and operates solely on donations and contributions.

The James Edward Seay Jr. Scholarship Fund is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that awards scholarships to first responders (Firefighters/EMT), and Research students studying pathological human chronic diseases (ALS, COPD, cancer, etc.).

The scholarship is named in honor of District Chief James E. Seay Jr. who served the Nashville Fire Department for more than 34 years, saving and protecting lives while his life was heading into an unforeseen spiral of two diseases, ALS and COPD.

District Chief Seay passed away in October 2013.

Both organizations sold exclusive items during a silent auction at The IAFF Local 140 Hero’s Challenge to benefit Operation Warm.

Operation Warm is a national non-profit organization that provides brand new winter coats to children.
In December 2017, Nashville Firefighters and The IAFF Local 140 distributed 676 brand-new winter coats to students at Paragon Mills Elementary School.

The event raised more than $7,000 for the annual coat donation

The money raised at the Hero’s Challenge is enough to purchase around 180 brand new coats to be distributed in December 2018.

The event allowed individuals to test their strength by taking on the physical agility test NFD recruits must complete to be considered for employment.

Also, during the challenge teams got to compete in a fire engine pull to see which team could pull a fire engine 50 feet in the shortest amount of time.

The Nashville Fire Department would also like to thank the people who sponsored the event.

  • Nashville Fire Department Station #2 B-Shift
  • MSA
  • Edley's Bar-B-Que
  • Columbia Southern University
  • RT Medical
  • Tristar-Health
  • Mid 10 Nutrition
  • Spring Hill Funeral Home
  • Masterpiece Vacations
  • Jack Daniel's TN Fire
  • Christie Cookies

Box 55 Check Presentation

Seay Foundation Check Presentation