Naperville Firefighters Recognized for Burn Camp Fundraising Through Inaugural 5K

Registration open for second annual 5K sponsored by the Naperville Fire Department and Naperville Professional Firefighters for a Cause

This spring, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) recognized the Naperville Fire Department and the Naperville Professional Firefighters for a Cause for their successful efforts to raise money for underage burn victims.

The fundraiser took the form of the inaugural Stop, Drop and Run 5K Run/Walk in October 2017 and raised $10,000 for the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s Camp ‘I Am Me,’ which is a one-week camp experience for children and teenagers who have experienced injuries from burns. The Diamond Level Supporter recognition was presented to Fire Department staff for their efforts in May.

“It never ceases to amaze me the lengths to which our staff will go in support of our community,” said Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis. “Not only do they give of themselves day in and day out on the job, but they orchestrate events such as this that raise awareness and funds for such an important cause. I’m thrilled that they were recognized for their efforts in this way.”

Camp ‘I Am Me’ provides the setting for child burn survivors to share their common experiences while being able to play and not feel self-conscious about their scars. The IFSA offers this camping opportunity at no cost to campers, including lodging, meals, activities and transportation to and from camp (YMCA Camp Duncan- Ingleside, IL), through the generosity of donors, supporters and volunteers.

The Naperville Fire Department and Naperville Professional Firefighters for a Cause will host the second annual Stop, Drop and Run 5K Run/Walk on September 29, 2018. Money raised will once again be donated to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s Camp ‘I Am Me.’ For more information or to register, visit

Fire Department Recognition

Pictured, left to right: Bureau Chief Jim Kubinski, IFSA Board Member David Hoppe, Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis, Public Education Specialist Soraya McLaughlin, Firefighter-Paramedic Bill Kostelny, Bureau Chief Scott Salela and Division Chief Amy Scheller.

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