A Fireman’s Pact with God
By Nancy Colasurdo
Published July 22, 2011 | FOXBusiness
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Here’s what it says about the Gear Up Foundation on the back of founder Vincent “Vinny” Forras’ business card:
A Living Tribute To All Who Perished On 911 And The Brave Responders Who Continue To Join Them
“There’s a much bigger group that died that day and didn’t know it,” Forras told me in our recent interview.
The Gear Up Foundation, which Forras co-founded with his wife Monica, donates “firefighting equipment, training and hope” to firemen in the U.S. and around the globe. A meaningful, worthy mission, but made all the more so with the help of a back story; this fine organization was born in dust and light and driven by a pact with God.
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In a myriad of ways I could tell you it takes one to know one. Forras grew up in Queens with a Jewish mother and Christian father, both of Hungarian descent, and gained a sense of doing the right thing. He put aside his love of physical education and instead took over his father’s small aerospace business right out of Manhattan College despite his calling to teach. A man whose resume included life guard, ski instructor and black belts in martial arts, he used his extracurricular activities (like coaching baseball and soccer and becoming a volunteer fireman) to stay physically active while also fulfilling his desire to give back to the community.
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Forras, Vincent “Vinny” [MC????]
[JR: An interesting path he’s taken after MC. Hope he finds peace. And prosperity.]
On Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 11:40 PM, Mike McEneney wrote:
I believe that Vincent is a member of the Class of 1979.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Forras, Vincent “Vinny” [MC1979]
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