Standing this morning in front Public Safety Headquarters on Marin Boulevard, Rick Isaacson, chief executive officer of Servpro, announced a “Firefighter Appreciation Program” that will enable firefighters, first responders, and their families to attend a major professional golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City this summer free of charge.
The Northern Trust tournament will take place from August 18–22, 2021, and will include 125 of the top-ranked players. It is the only professional golf tournament to be held in the New York City metropolitan area this year.
Isaacson was joined by Mayor Fulop, Northern Trust Executive Director Julie Tyson, Jersey City Fire Chief Steven McGill, and other dignitaries.
Under the program and in recognition of the 20-year anniversary of 9-11, first responders and firefighters will be given complimentary admission to and a dedicated venue at the tournament, the first of three events in the FedExCup Playoffs.
Many of the world’s top players have won The Northern Trust including Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, and 2020 champion Dustin Johnson, who following a record-setting 11-stroke victory margin at TPC Boston went on to be crowned the season’s FedExCup champion.
Said Isaacson, “When you understand what firefighters do for us and for our communities, it’s just amazing…what they do is just heroic. This is just a small way to say thank you.” Isaacson also announced a $100 thousand donation to the First Responders Children Foundation, started after 9-11 to support the families of fallen first responders.
Mayor Fulop called PGA involvement in Jersey City “an absolute success” and thanked the organization for donating “tens of thousands of dollars to local charities that serve the most vulnerable communities.”
Also in attendance was volunteer Marilyn White, a 9-11 survivor. “I was on the 95th floor of the second tower. As I was fleeing the mayhem, they were going up the staircases with hoses on their shoulders and just trucking up saying, ‘Are there more people above?’ I was in total awe of what they do.”