Helping the Tommy Cullen Foundation Honor a Legacy and Support Heroes and Their Families

Helping the Tommy Cullen Foundation Honor a Legacy and Support Heroes and Their Families

September 02, 2020

Tommy Cullen was 31 years old on September 11, 2001. He was a husband, a father and a proud New York City firefighter.

On that day, he joined fellow members of FDNY Squad 41 as they raced from their station in the South Bronx to downtown Manhattan when terrorists flew two commercial planes into the towers of the World Trade Center.

On that day, he died a hero. 

The Fire Department Coffee Foundation is proud to have contributed more than $5,500 to support the Tommy Cullen Foundation achieve its mission and carry on Tommy’s legacy of serving others.

In addition, the Fire Department Coffee Foundation chooses a person or an organization each month to help provide financial support or resources to aid in a first responder's recovery. For the month of September, the Foundation has donated $2,000 to the Tommy Cullen Foundation in efforts to support their mission.

The Tommy Cullen Foundation was created after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and, years later, his father’s battle with pancreatic cancer began. The foundation is dedicated to supporting first responders and their family members in their own battles against cancer.

Today, the Tommy Cullen Foundation is raising money to benefit paramedic Walter Hochbrueckner, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of FDNY EMS for more than three decades. Walter has spent his entire career serving in Brooklyn, one of the busiest parts of the city. 

He was recently diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his esophagus, which is believed to be directly connected to his own service on 9/11 and the days that followed. In June, he began radiation and chemotherapy treatments at Northwell Health on Long Island.

In July, the Tommy Cullen Foundation launched a fundraiser has set a goal to raise $32,000 for Walter and his family, representing his 32 years of FDNY service. Nearly $15,000 has been raised as of mid-August.

It is an honor to support the Tommy Cullen Foundation in its mission to serve brave first responders like Walter and to help the Cullen family honor life, service and sacrifice of their son, brother, husband and father.