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February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

Jessica Locke and The Fire Fighters Fund has helped the Newton Fire Department in so many ways. Jessica has gone from station to station and documented the problems and needs of each of the members. She has written letters, held signs along with firefighters at various protests and pressured city officials to replace outdated, unsafe equipment and apparatus. She even went as far as creating a video to document and dispute the findings of city officials as to the cause of a serious accident involving a 24 year old fire engine the city still had in service. She has been a true advocate for members of our department.

As for the Alexander Technique, I can't say enough about it. After suffering headaches daily for 20 years, Jessica's work has reduced that to an occasional one here and there. It definitely made a difference.

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February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

I am a firefighter who has been directly effected by the dedicated hard work of Jessica Locke and her Firefighter's Fund. Jessica has done much to raise the needed funds for safety equipment for our department and has been at the forefront when it came to addressing these issues with those who hold the purse strings in the city. Jessica has been and continues to be nothing short of a God send to this department and we are truely grateful for all that she has done. Thank You Jessica !!

"The Senator"

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dealing with safety issues with regard to equipment on my job as a firefighter.

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see to that it was funded and expanded to be able to assist as many departments as possible.

February 22, 2011

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February 22, 2011

I am the wife of a Newton Fire fighter, and through the department I have had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Locke. Jessica has gone above and beyond over the last decade to come to the aide of the New York Fire Fighters. Jessica put her life on hold to help the NY fire fighters, and ten years later she is still such an amazing advocate for our fire fighters.

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Just last year she held a fund raiser and all of the proceeds went directly to my husbands department, this meant so much to me.

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Get more people to be aware of it.

February 20, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 20, 2011

I am the wife of a Newton Firefighter and was introduced to Jessica Locke, Director of the Jessica Locke Firefighters Fund, several years ago when the Newton Fire Department was in a heated battle with the City’s administration. Fire stations had been neglected to the point where they became a safety hazard to anyone inside; firefighters were injured by the aging and unsafe apparatus; basic firefighter equipment was outdated, malfunctioning or non-existent. The NFD at that point had gone several years without a contract and were up against a Mayor who had great animosity and disrespect towards the members of his own fire department.

When I met Jessica I was immediately impressed and inspired by this very dedicated and caring individual. She set out to make it her goal to see that the men and women of the NFD were treated with the respect they deserved and had equipment that was safe.

She got to work writing articles, protesting, holding signs, and testifying on behalf of the firefighters at City Hall meetings. She involved the media and got results. She successfully organized and ran a fundraiser that resulted in raising $12,000 for equipment for the Newton Firefighters. Every year on September 11th, Jessica organizes local restaurants, businesses, and residents and provides dinner for each of the fire stations. Her presence has been a great morale booster especially at times when it was most needed.

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February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I am a firefighter in Massachusetts, and I've had the pleasure of meeting Jessica, and learning about all she does for the fire service. She has raised funds to buy our department much needed equipment which provides safety for our residents and ourselves. She is dedicated in her pursuit to help firefighters, and we appreciate all her efforts.

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the equipment the department received.

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Change nothing.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

The best thing that I can say about Jessica Locke and The Jessica Locke Firefighters Fund is the humility in which business is conducted. The firefighting profession is a lot like insurance, you hate paying the premium but heaven forbid that you do not have insurance when you need it. Sometimes it is very difficult to get your cause known. When you have someone like Jessica backing your causes it really strengthens your credibility. Jessica does this with virtually nothing in return except the satisfaction of knowing what she is fighting for is a just cause. The effort and time that Jessica puts in is amazing. The results the Jessica achieves is immeasurable. We as firefighters who have benefited from her foundation will be forever indebted to her.

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February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

Jessica Locke has always been chivalrous and self-sacrificing when it comes to helping firefighters in need. Not only does rally as a political ally, but she has held fundraisers in order to donate much needed equipment for Newton firefighters. As if her political and fundraising support isn't enough, Jessica Locke has also donated her time and expertise as a master of the Alexander Technique to injured firefighters, which I have personally experienced first hand and will be forever grateful for her kindness. Jessica Locke is passionately concerned about the health and well being of firefighters.

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Jessica Locke offered Alexander Technique sessions when I injured my back at a fire. I was surprised by the amount of energy transfer that is involved in this technique and the selfless manor in which she goes about her work.

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The only change this organization needs is unlimited funding so Jessica Locke could help firefighters all over the country without limitation.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

Jessica has always been very supportive of our union/Fire Dept, her dedication and determination to see that we are treated fairly and with respect sometimes outweighs that of some of our own members.

Most recently Jessica and her associates held a private fund raiser for us. She, through
her fund, was able to raise money for us to purchase impotant equpment, ehich up to now the City of Newton has declines to purchase.

I also understand that Jessica not only has done many good deads for Newton, but has also done a ton of work for surrounding communities and N.Y. City.

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As a Newton FF I have experienced the results of this organization

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change nothing

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

Jessica is true friend of firemen, she understands the trials and tribulations of the men on the front line of the fire service. Jessica selflessly gives her time to many great causes that affect firemen and more importantly the ones close to them....coming from a fireman it means alot to me...

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the love and the effect it has on other hardened men to know they have a place, and a person to talk to

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February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

Jessicas Fund Should be changed to Jessicas Passion , Never have I experience a fund with more love than money, Her devotion to bring respect and appreciation back to the dedicated Fire fighter that risk their lifes to save others. Her passion and carreer is devoted to this cause . There are people who donate and there are people that dedicate , In my 32 yrs I've not seen "A Cause" with more love and support of all Firefighters that get left to battle there fight for life, , She gives her heart, soul and time so they won't be forgotten.. Jessica ,you will always be in our Hearts as you keep ours in yours.. TonyC.

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The Benefits shes had that I have attended and suported to her cause.

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see if we could get her some time off...

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