One area we as a fire service devote too little attention is life after death. I think it’s a topic we would prefer not to think about, lest it cloud our judgement and reduce our risk tolerance. While not a sexy topic, I think it is one of the most important. We devote our lives to the protection of our community, I think it’s the least we can do to devote our deaths to our loved ones.
While many reasons exist to delay us in creating a will, a group of lawyers has set out to remove all of those barriers. They’ve created a program called “Wills for Heroes” to help first responders and their families make preparations for the inevitable. Here’s some information for the program from their website:
“Wills for Heroes programs provide free wills and other estate planning documents to first responders and their spouse or domestic partner. Qualified first responders include firefighters, police officers, paramedics, corrections and probation officers from federal, state, county, city and town departments and agencies. The Wills for Heroes Foundation encourages its affiliates to include retired and volunteer first responders in their programs.
The Wills for Heroes program is unlike many other clinic or pro bono legal programs because we bring the program to the first responders’ doorstep. Working with department coordinators, the Wills for Heroes program provides this free service by bringing together first responders with attorneys, notaries and witnesses at a department station, training facility or headquarters on a predetermined event date, usually a Saturday. The department’s sole responsibilities are to provide the meeting space and coordinate the appointments.”
Unfortunately, the program has yet to be implemented in every state. Click on the image below if your state has a program to find out the appropriate contact information.