John “Sappy” Sapienza was a firefighter in the New York Fire Department for 21 years on Engine 22 and Ladder 13. Following his retirement in 1986, he moved to Stratham, where he served as volunteer firefighter for Stratham for over 30 years. On 9/11, he returned to New York to help in the recovery efforts at Ground Zero.
In 2019 John passed away from firefighter-related pancreatic cancer. This year's L4L efforts are in loving memory of Sappy. We will miss you always and we will never forget.
Lights 4 Lives 2022 is partnering with our sponsor, the Stratham Volunteer Fire Department Association to raise awareness for firefighter-related cancers and to raise funds to purchase extra sets of bunker gear for our Stratham firefighters.
TURNOUT BUNKER GEAR
Bunker gear MUST be washed after every exposure to fire or smoke. The cleaning process takes at least 12 hours.
Stratham Firefighters only have one set of gear so would not be able to respond to back-to-back incidents without risk of major safety hazards
JANUARY IS FIRE FIGHTER CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!
Cancer caused 66% of the career firefighter line-of-duty deaths from 2002 to 2019.
Firefighters have a 9% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14% higher risk of dying from cancer than the general U.S. population.
Saturday, Dec. 17 (beginning at approximately 5pm). The route will be posted soon!
Statham Hill Park following parade - with ice skating, bonfire and snacks!
Here’s how you can get involved in L4L 2022
and help extinguish cancer!
HOLIDAY PARADE AND OPEN HOUSE
HOLIDAY HOME DECORATING CONTEST
The contest is back and better than ever! The winner will be decided by YOU - our L4L friends!
FIRE DEPARTMENT CALENDAR FOR SALE
Calendars will feature members of the Stratham Volunteer Fire Department as:
Leaders in our Community
Members of the Seacoast Workforce
EXTINGUISH CANCER T-SHIRTS FOR SALE