Heroes have a way to a will

December 14, 2011

Penn State Law is helping firefighters, police, and other emergency personnel protect themselves as they devote their lives to protecting others. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Penn State Law volunteer their time to help emergency responders. Started after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the Wills for Heroes (WFH) program gives peace of mind to emergency personnel by preparing wills at no charge to protect themselves and their families.

"Wills for Heroes is an organized effort to thank these heroes for their selflessness in protecting our communities," said Kate Cramer Lawrence, director of Penn State Law's Public Interest Programming.

Despite the inherently dangerous nature of their work, a high percentage of first responders do not have a basic will. The WFH program provides first responders, such as police officers, firefighters, EMTs, corrections officers and their spouses, or widow/widowers of such personnel, with a volunteer attorney to assist in preparing wills and other estate planning documents at no charge.

Watch the "Heroes have a way to a will" video, which is part of the PSU4PA initiative.

  • Michael Rugh, assistant chief, Union Fire Company No. 1, deputy fire marshall, PA State Police

    IMAGE: Penn State

(Media Contacts)

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