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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

KOLD News 13 is giving back. We're highlighting several local non-profit organizations in the hopes you'll learn more and give.

The first of the 5 charities we're showcasing if the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. The GTFF is the only local charity completely dedicated to local firefighters.

If you think about it, there are several different departments across the Tucson metro, from Golder Ranch, to Rural/Metro, to Rincon Valley, and all those in between.

GTFF helps provide life saving tools, training, medical technology, and supportive counseling services to our firefighters, basically taking care of those who take care of us.

The number one cause among firefighter deaths is heart attacks...and the fire foundation is working with University of Arizona Physician Dr. Wayne Peate to create a nationwide program to reduce the threat. GTFF Chairman Mike Mckendrick says he knows of at least four firefighters who's lives have been saved due to efforts of the foundation.

One of those lives saved came through the cardiac research. A firefighter went in for a check up using a special machine paid for by GTFF. It turns out he was on the verge of a massive heart attack but thankfully the blockage was caught and he's back on the job.

You can help take care of our local firefighters by supporting the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation.

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