UNCW's Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Recognized for Supporting Firefighters' Memorial

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Wilmington, N.C. - The Wilmington Fire Department recently recognized members of UNCW's Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity for their efforts and continued support of the Fallen Firefighter's Memorial of Wilmington.

In the fall, the Pikes raised more than $6,000 in their Second Annual Firefighter's Challenge through a weeklong series of events, including a fire truck pull.

"As a firefighter, community support is one if the biggest compliments you can receive," Wilmington Fire Chief Buddy Martinette said. "The young men at Pi Kappa Alpha did an extraordinary job with their fundraising efforts, displaying their commitment to Wilmington's bravest."

The funds were raised to support construction of the Wilmington Firefighter's Memorial, a tribute to seven of Wilmington's own and the 343 New York City firefighters who lost their lives during the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

"We are very thankful for this opportunity and hope this makes a great difference," said student Matthew Soles, who organized the Pikes' fundraising effort. "We look forward to working with the Wilmington Fire Department again next year and making this a lasting tradition."

Media Contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations, or 910-962-7631.