Fire and Safety Services, Ltd. Sponsors “LAST RUN” for Burn Foundation
October 01, 2023 | NEW JERSEY
Photo by PROVIDED
Photo by PROVIDED
For the 43rd year, the artist for the Burn Foundation, Joseph M. Getsinger (www.jgetsingerarts.com), wanted to create the last image before retiring. Since 1980, Joe has created a large number of paintings which have been utilized to raise funds for burn victims/survivors for the Burn Foundation. This particular image was created to honor all of those firefighters who have served their communities with dedication and retired after years of loyal service. Each and every firefighter remembers their “last run” (retiring) before retiring. Sitting at the end of the firetruck they would mull over all the years and runs they went on and the dangers they faced throughout the years in the service of their communities.
This image was initially inspired by a longtime member of the Woodbury Heights Fire Department in New Jersey for 60 years, Donald G. Ley, Sr., affectionately referred to as “Pop,” by members of his department. He served as a Councilman and Mayor of Woodbury Heights, Vice President of First Fidelity Bank, and a U.S. Army Sergeant who served during the Korean War. His grandson, Jarryd Ley, posed in his grandfather’s gear accompanied by his proud father, Greg Ley. With the aid of Chief Bill Kramer, Jr., and members of the Cinnaminson Fire Department, the photo shoot was completed on their Pierce Fire Truck.
Raffle tickets and Collector Pins and Cards will be available at most of the gates and the Burn Foundation on the main stage.
President David Russell of Fire & Safety Services, Ltd. (www.f-ss.com) of South Plainfield, N.J. and Pierce Manufacturing fully sponsored the image printing, note cards and raffle tickets costs. They have supported the Burn Foundation and the artist for the last 25 years.
First Harvest Federal Credit Union, 1615 Hurffville Road, Deptford, N.J. 08096, sponsored this image in the form of the Collector Pins since 2019. This was supported by Vice President Ken Barnshaw, a former Firefighter with Union Fire Company, Blackwood Terrace, Deptford, N.J. and presently Deptford Fire Department, Battalion 93. Until recently, the artist discovered that he painted Ken in the “Night Call” painting since he appeared in the photographs Joe took at the scene. This was the first painting that the artist had created which started his 43-year stretch of supporting burn survivors.
Burn Foundation 8600 West Chester Pike, Suite 202, Upper Darby, Pa. 19103 supports the greater Delaware Valley through education and support of five regional Burn Centers. You can donate online at: www.burnfoundation.or or call (215) 545-3816. Special thanks to Administrator John McCann for his support and dedication.
Choice Marketing (www.choicemarketing.net) has created and sponsored cards for over 20 years of the artist’s work to support the Burn Foundation. A special thanks to the owner, Chip Lillie, lifelong firefighter, Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief and Captain.
Fort Nassau Graphics (www.fortnassaugraphics.com) in West Deptford, N.J. is the exclusive printer of the artist and have printed top-quality limited-edition prints, note cards and raffle tickets for the Burn Foundation. Special thanks to President Brian Francis and the top-notch technical and press staff that help Joe produce reproductions of his art including this year’s image, and Delaware State Police’s 100th Anniversary prints and note cards.
VanGogh Again Galleries’ President John Cortese of Upper Darby, Pa. printed and donated the #1 Giclee’ Canvas print of “Last Run” to be raffled off at the Burn Foundation booth in Wildwood this year. John has donated the 1st Place Giclee’ canvas print for the last ten years to support burn survivors.
Premier Art & Frames, Pitman, N.J., Will Edwards, owner, donated the custom frame for the #1 Giclee’ canvas print with is the first prize from the raffle.