HOTWORX decided in 2017 to make an effort to support firefighters as a way for our company to give back to communities where we do business. This year we will donate and install at least four saunas to fire stations in Haltom City, TX, Houston, TX, Oxford, MS, and Kenner, LA.
I had the privilege of traveling to DFW last week on September 11 to participate in a weight room ceremony to dedicate a HOTWORX infrared workout sauna to a fire station in Haltom City, TX, a town located near Ft. Worth. This was the second sauna that we have donated and installed for Chief Perry Bynam out of the three units that we have committed to install for his stations. Next year we will install the third unit at another one of Chief Bynham’s fire stations that is currently being built.
May we never forget that 343 firefighters, TRUE HEROES, gave their lives in New York City on September 11, 2001. Many of us are not aware of this, but I was told by one of the firefighters at the Haltom City ceremony that more firefighters have now died since the 9/11 attack from complications related to exposure to toxicants from the ruins of the towers than died on the day of the attack. These deaths are mostly due to cancer.
“The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) documented 863 firefighters and ambulance workers with cancers certified as relating to their work on September 11 2001, according to the New York Post.”¹ This was reported in 2014. I am sure that the number has risen since then.
In this age of reality TV and hero wannabes, it is nice to meet a group of true unsung heroes. Below you will see the group of firefighters from Haltom City.
They presented HOTWORX with a beautiful commemorative helmet as a token of their appreciation. We will proudly display it at our corporate headquarters here in Marrero, LA.
Infrared saunas generate sweat that has been reported to contain 7X the level of toxic substances as compared to sweat from traditional saunas. It is our hope that through our efforts to donate and install the HOTWORX infrared workout saunas in fire stations across the country that we can play a small part in helping to improve the quality of life for some of our nation’s finest citizens.
Firefighters take extraordinary risks to protect the rest of us! They do this with little recognition as they serve our communities.
They are TRUE HEROES!