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What's New at IAFF S-6

Local S-6 membership, retirees & friends,

A couple of years ago I started a charity called Blue Cooler - We bring food, clothing, and other items to homeless people in Minneapolis. It is a small organization, but we do what we can to help those in need.

We are planning a community service day after shift change on Thursday 7th December - B-Shift will be going off duty and C-Shift will be coming on duty. Our plan is to meet at a nearby restaurant for breakfast and then pick up sandwiches to distribute with clothing and other items. If you would like to participate, please respond to the voting box in the email I sent out on Tuesday 7th November; or contact a member of Local S-6 with your intent to join us.

Thank you!

Ryan Huisheere

The Blue Cooler story...

The mission of Blue Cooler is simple: to bring food, clothing and build relationships with the homeless of the Twin Cities.


Blue Cooler started when Ryan Huisheere saw a need and felt compelled to do something about. In his work in Minneapolis, Ryan couldn't help but notice numerous people living on the streets, under freeway overpasses and bridges, and holding signs asking for support on street corners particularly during the long, harsh Minnesota winters. Ryan didn't just see a need, he also saw people and it moved him to do something about it. 

He started going out on his day off with a backpack full of hats and gloves, and a blue Coleman cooler filled with food. When he told people about what he was doing they wanted to get involved.

Ryan created a GoFundMe and quickly he had more than $1,000! Realizing that this was growing beyond just himself, Ryan shared what he was doing with his church and they got excited too. They agreed to provide accounting and financial support so that all donations made to Ryan's work would be tax deductible.

Looking for a name for what he was doing Ryan turned to his signature blue cooler and Blue Cooler was born. 

It is a simple idea with huge potential. Meeting people in need where they are with what they need most with no agenda.

Marine Corps Birthday & Veterans Day

Local S-6 would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the following...

The United States Marine Corps which turned 242 years old yesterday, Friday 10th November 2017. Semper Fidelis to all Marines past and present! We salute you fine men and women.

Additionally, we would like to honor all of our United States veterans, especially those associated with IAFF Local S-6. Thank you for your service to this country and providing a regular example of the meaning of hard work, dedication and sacrifice.

"Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on 11th November 1918."

For all Airprot Fire members who wore thier AFD Military tshirts yesterday and today as a sign of respect, thank you!

Union Meeting - Saturday 11th November 2017

Local S-6 Membership.

Please note that there is a union meeting this morning, Saturday 11th November 2017, training room at Fire Station One @ 0730 sharp. C-Shift will be going off duty and A-Shift will be coming on duty. It's YOUR union... be involoved!!!

Union Meeting - Saturday 14th October 2017

Local S-6 Membership.

Please note that there is a union meeting tomorrow morning, Saturday 14th October 2017, training room at Fire Station One @ 0730 sharp. B-Shift will be going off duty and C-Shift will be coming on duty. It's YOUR union... be involoved!!!

Military TShirt Day - Friday 13th October 2017

Today, Thursday 13th October 2017 marks the 242nd birthday of the United States Navy (USN). The service has approximately 317,054 personnel on active duty and 109,671 in the Navy Reserve. It operates roughly 290 ships in active service and more than 3,700 aircraft as of October 2017. The U.S. Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which was established during the American Revolutionary War and was essentially disbanded as a separate entity shortly thereafter. The 21st century U.S. Navy maintains a sizable global presence, deploying in such areas as East Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. Please feel free to wear your AFD military uniform tshirt today as a show of support for the men and women serving in this military branch. Semper Fortis!

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