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July 6


06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

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Supporting Our First Responders

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Uniting America


VFW Solomon Post

12 Phiney Street, North Billerica, Massachusetts 01862

North Billerica, Massachusetts, US, 01862

Dave Wurtzel is the founder and executive director of “The First Twenty,” a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of the American firefighter. Our mission is to decrease Line of Duty Deaths due to heart attack in today’s fire service”, says Wurtzel

Wurtzel, a 20-year veteran volunteer firefighter, came across the statistic that heart attack is the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths of firefighters, accounting for more than half, “I couldn’t just say I hope somebody else figures that out,” he says. “I felt compelled – something should be done.”

After learning that there was no nationally available wellness program geared to firefighters, he set out to develop one. With a team of experts, Wurtzel launched “The First Twenty” in 2012. Since then, thousands of firefighters across the country have enrolled in its three-pronged program. The program is also working with universities and hospitals to research the approach for even broader application to advance the wellness of the country’s 1.1 million firefighters.