NFL Player Erron Kinney Addresses NVFC Board

Tuesday, 10 October 2006

Erron Kinney signs footballs to benefit the NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program.
NFL player Erron Kinney, who serves as a tight end for the Tennessee Titans, talked about his experience as a volunteer firefighter at the National Volunteer Fire Council's (NVFC) spring Board meeting outside Washington, DC. Kinney, who serves as the spokesperson for the NVFC's Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, addressed the NVFC Board during the annual Reception and Auction on April 5.

"When I introduce myself, it is as a firefighter first and a football player second," Kinney told the audience. He discussed his role in the Heart-Healthy program and the importance of heart-health among firefighters. "I am honored to work with such a great program," he said.

After his inspirational remarks, which received an enthusiastic standing ovation from the audience, Kinney signed footballs for Board members to benefit the NVFC. MSA, a corporate member of the NVFC, matched the sale of each football, bringing the total raised for the NVFC from the footballs to $2,000.

Kinney will also attend the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) with the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program at the end of April. He will discuss heart-health with attendees and sign more footballs to benefit the program. For more information on FDIC, visit www.FDIC.org.

Kinney has been involved with fire safety since he became a junior firefighter at the age of 13. He became certified during his sophomore year at Florida, and a year later was credited with saving a fellow firefighter's life during a boat plant fire in Archer, Florida. Currently, Kinney is a member of the Williamson County Rescue Squad, Station 22, in Grassland, Tennessee, and a deputy chief for the Shady Grove Fire Department in Hickman County, Tennessee.

In addition to serving as Heart-Healthy spokesperson, Kinney is the spokesperson for Fire Safe Tennessee, an initiative to reduce fire deaths. Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen also appointed Kinney to sit on the State Fire Commission, which sets standards and policies for firefighting in Tennessee.

The NVFC launched the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program in 2002 to reduce the number of firefighter deaths from heart attack. This is accomplished by promoting a healthier lifestyle and by providing firefighters with fitness, nutrition, cholesterol and other pertinent information to assist them on the road to becoming heart-healthy. To learn more about the program, visit www.nvfc.org.

Contact:
Maggie Wilson, Director of Health and Safety - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 202-887-5700 ext. 14
Kimberly Ettinger, Public Relations Associate - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 202-887-5700 ext. 19

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