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    To make a donation to the Garrett W. Loomis Firefighter Fund or the Assistant Fire Chief Garrett W. Loomis Memorial Scholarship Fund, please send a check to (with Garrett W. Loomis written in the memo):

    Northern New York Community Foundation
    120 Washington Street
    Suite 400
    Watertown, NY 13601

    To make a donation to the Garrett W. Loomis Community Grant Program, please send a check to:

    Garrett W. Loomis Foundation
    PO Box 543
    Sackets Harbor, NY 13685

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The Mission

The Garrett W. Loomis Foundation is committed to enhancing fire safety education regionally, providing opportunities for individuals or organizations driven to positively impact our local communities and honoring Garrett's legacy in perpetuity.

The Reason

On April 11, 2010, the Sackets Harbor community lost a great friend, son, brother and hero, Garrett Loomis. Garrett, a professional firefighter at Fort Drum and a Sackets Harbor Volunteer Firefighter, was tragically killed while fighting a silo fire at North Harbor Dairy.

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Who We Are

The Garrett W. Loomis Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that currently raises funds for 3 purposes:

  • Garrett W. Loomis Firefighting Fund conducts an educational fire training seminar annually with nationally noted speakers. This seminar is free of charge to all attendees. This fund also distributes training monies to Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence county fire departments, as recommended by the committee. This fund is administered by the Northern New York Community Foundation.

  • The Assistant Fire Chief Garrett W. Loomis Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Sackets Harbor Central School. This fund is administered by the Northern New York Community Foundation.

  • The Garrett W. Loomis Community Grant Program awards grants to Sackets Harbor community factions to honor Garrett's legacy of community pride. These grants are typically sports oriented. This fund is administered by the Garrett W. Loomis Foundation.

Latest Updates

Garrett W. Loomis Fire Safety Seminar on April 8, 2017

On Saturday, April 8, 2017 the Jefferson Community College Fire Protection Technology program will host the 6th Annual Garrett W. Loomis Fire Safety Seminar in Sturtz Theater. The seminar is broken up into two sessions. A morning session will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. An afternoon session will take place at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Attendees are welcomed to attend one session or both. There is no registration fee.

Rick Lasky, author and retired 37-year fire service veteran, will lead the seminar. Lasky began his firefighting career as a line firefighter. He advanced to firefighter-paramedic, then company grade officer, then training officer, and finally command-level officer. He helped to develop the Saving Our Own program designed to teach firefighters how to save other firefighters if trapped or lost in a burning building. Recognized for his contribution to Saving Our Own, Lasky received the Innnovator of the Year award from the Internal Society of Fire Service Instructors. Lasky is the author of Pride and Ownership-A Firefighter’s Love of the Job and Five Alarm Leadership: From the Firehouse to the Fireground and more than 250 technical articles.

The Garrett Loomis Fire Safety Seminar will feature the main presentation, Sweating the Small Stuff, during the morning session. Registration is required. Register online. The afternoon session will focus on highlights from Lasky’s book Pride and Ownership-A Firefighter’s Love of the Job. Afternoon session registration is not required.

Lunch will be available in the Jefferson Community College Courtyard. The all-you-can-eat menu includes a hot food bar, salad, pizza, sandwiches and beverages. Cost is $8 and lunch tickets will be available for purchase at check-in on the day of the seminar.

For more information, email Captain T.G. Kolb of the Watertown Fire Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is no deadline to register and walk-ins are welcome.

The seminar is part of the Garrett W. Loomis Fire Safety and Educational Series made possible through the Northern New York Community Foundation and the Garrett Loomis Fund. Loomis was the Assistant Fire Chief of the Sackets Harbor Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Firefighters Local F-105 Fort Drum Fire and Emergency Services when he died in April 2010 on the scene of a silo fire.

Veley Family

The Garrett W. Loomis Foundation would like to recognize the Veley family for their thoughtfulness in choosing and contributing to the Firefighters Fund as a way to honor Dorene Veley.  Thank you!

The Garrett W. Loomis Ball 2017

The Garrett W. Loomis Foundation Cordially Invites you to

THE GARRETT W. LOOMIS BALL

SATURDAY MARCH 4, 2017, 5 PM- 11 PM
HILTON GARDEN, INN, WATERTOWN

Meet & Greet 5 pm
Buffet Dinner 6-7 pm 
Open Bar 7-10 pm

DJ Service by Party Face Entertainment

RSVP By February 28, 2017   |   $75/person   |   Formal Attire Requested