Roswell fire, police gala a big success

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ROSWELL, Ga. – The Roswell Fire and Police Foundation held a black tie charity gala in Ivy Hall at the Roswell Mill on Saturday, Jan. 18, and it was the social event of the season. More than 175 people came to support the foundation, and it was a festive night where the Roswell mayor, members of the City Council and their spouses, doctors, bankers, lawyers, merchants, restaurant owners and many others came to lend their support to the organization that assists public service employees in Roswell.

The Roswell Fire and Police Foundation was formed in 2004 when a fireman was seriously injured in an accident. His insurance paid his medical expenses, but it couldn’t make up for the lost income from his second job. Many police and firefighters work two jobs and if they can’t go to their second job, the loss of income is enough to put them in a difficult financial position. That’s where the foundation comes in.

Roswell has 15 full-time and 148 part-time firefighters and 160 certified police. For the past 10 years, an average of 12 public service employees have been injured each year on the job. The foundation has provided $100,000 in goods and services for those who have asked for it. The foundation does not hand out money, but will pay bills, provide transportation and make arrangements for other requested services. The identity of the recipients is confidential.

Tony Papoutsis, chief executive officer, Ray Voght III, chief financial officer, and Brian Dobson incorporated the foundation as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2004. There are 13 members on the board, which includes firefighters, police and spouses. To view a two-minute video of the event, scan the QR code and watch it on your smartphone. For more information or to make a donation, go to www.RoswellFPF.org.