Our Vision

Welcome to the Howard Heroes Fund, where our vision is to be a beacon of hope and support for the firefighting community in times of crisis, catastrophic injury, or line-of-duty death. We envision a future where no firefighter or their family faces adversity alone, where compassion and solidarity reign supreme.

At the core of our vision is a commitment to upholding the values of empathy, resilience, and unity. We strive to cultivate a community where every firefighter feels valued, supported, and empowered to overcome any challenge that comes their way.

Our vision extends beyond the present moment, as we work tirelessly to build a legacy of compassion and service that will endure for generations to come. We envision a world where the Howard Heroes Fund serves as a symbol of hope and resilience, inspiring others to join us in our mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who sacrifice so much for our safety and well-being.

Together, we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder, we can create a future where every firefighter and their family has the resources and support they need to thrive, no matter what obstacles they may face. Join us on this journey as we strive to turn our vision into reality, one act of kindness and generosity at a time. Together, we can make a lasting impact and ensure that the legacy of heroism lives on.

Our Mission

The Howard Heroes Fund was established in 2003 by members of the Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association who witnessed their fellow firefighters facing profound personal challenges. From tragic losses like the death of a child to illnesses and home fires, these events spurred a desire to support their colleagues in times of crisis.

Consequently, they decided to establish a fund specifically aimed at providing financial assistance. The following year, in 2004, the fund applied for recognition as a public charity, ultimately achieving 501(c)(3) status in 2007.

While many career firefighters have health and life insurance, gaps and delays in coverage can leave them vulnerable. The goal of the Howard Heroes Fund is to bridge these gaps, offering support when they need it most.

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Our Values

At the heart of our values lies a profound belief in the power of community and solidarity. We stand ready to provide financial assistance to career firefighters and their families grappling with catastrophic injury, illness, or loss. Recognizing the gaps and delays in coverage that often accompany these challenges, we strive to be a lifeline during times of uncertainty.

In upholding our values, we honor the legacy of heroism and selflessness that defines the firefighting profession. Together, we forge a future where compassion knows no bounds and support is always within reach. Join us in our mission to stand by those who stand for us – because here at the Howard Heroes Fund, we are driven by the belief that together, we can make a difference.

Meet Our Board of Directors

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Clayton A. Belle, Jr
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Gregory E. Frank
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P. Matthew Darby, Esq.
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Lonnie R. Robbins
General Board Member
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James E. Malone, Jr.
General Board Member