Filmmakers Make Good on Promise to Detroit Firefighters
May 22, 2014 - Detroit, MI - BURN filmmakers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, along with the Leary Firefighters Foundation (LFF), presented more than $275,000 in new equipment to Detroit firefighters.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins accepted the donation from actor Denis Leary Engine Co. 9 on E. Lafayette in Detroit. Directors/Producers Putnam and Sanchez were there, along with BURN Executive Producer Jim Serpico, and Detroit Firefighters.
Representatives from LFF and BURN worked with DFD officials to identify the gear needed most from manufacturer Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) and DFD’s local supplier Apollo Fire Equipment Company. The donation included Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Thermal Imaging Cameras, purchased through a partnership with MSA.
Inspired by the commitment made by LFF and BURN to the DFD, CMC Rescue Equipment and Kask Safety Helmets independently donated $15,000 worth of high-angle rescue gear for the department's new high-angle rescue initiative.
Momentous Insurance donated $25,000 worth of gear to Detroit firefighters on behalf of the film.
“BURN is the firefighters’ story, we just helped them tell it,” said Putnam.
“From the beginning, we knew we wanted to give back. But we never thought the give would be this big,” Sanchez continued. “When no one wanted to distribute BURN, we worked our tails off to get it into theaters ourselves. Independent films rarely make a profit. We made damn sure this one did, so we could make good on our promise to give back. We are eternally grateful to the men and women of the DFD for their tremendous trust and support in making this film.”