Denis Leary presents Detroit Fire Department with new equipment from 'Burn' proceeds

DETROIT (AP) - Actor Denis Leary has presented the Detroit fire department with new equipment that was paid for by proceeds from a documentary film about the city's firefighters.

"Burn" chronicles the struggles of Detroit firefighters . Filmmakers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez were embedded with Detroit firefighters to make the movie.

Leary will also host a screening of "Burn" tonight at The Fillmore Detroit .

"We spent one day with them and it was a no-brainer to spend the next six years telling this story," Putnam told 7 Action News.

"We told them from the beginning that whatever happened.. we were going to give back," said Sanchez. "And we've been saying that and saying that for so many years now, the fact that we are doing what we said we were going to do, I mean, I have goose bumps."

And thanks to the generosity of the participating manufacturers of the firefighting equipment, $260,000 in lifesaving equipment, including thermal imaging cameras, was donated Thursday.

The Leary Firefighters Foundation presented the equipment at DFD Engine 9 on East Lafayette.

Mayor Mike Duggan and Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins were also on hand for the presentation.

"To be able to now be back with the gear and do what we said we were going to do, and these guys are guys that deal with a lot of broken promises, it's been really amazing to bring everything full circle. It took six years, but we did it," said Putnam.

Leary is an executive producer on "Burn" and portrayed a firefighter on the TV series "Rescue Me."

In 1999, Leary began the Leary Firefighters Foundation after a massive fire in Worcester, Massachusetts, that killed six firefighters, including Jerry Lucey, Leary's cousin, and a childhood friend, Lt. Tommy Spencer.

Future proceeds of the film, as well as, proceeds from BURN t-shirts and posters will also be donated to the Detroit Fire Department.

"Burn" has screened in 170 cities.


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