DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – Actor and comedian Denis Leary joined Mayor Mike Duggan for an event unveiling a package of much needed equipment being donated to Detroit Fire Department. Leary also promoted a screening of “Burn” the documentary that focuses on the plight of the Detroit Fire Department. At Engine Company 9 in Detroit this morning, Leary presented more than $260,000 worth of equipment to DFD. Valuable tools including thermal imaging cameras, climbing gear and carbon monoxide detectors were part of the donation. The state-of-the-art gear was purchased with proceeds from the documentary.
Leary, who is the executive producer of the film, says he believes people who watch it will be moved by the film. He said, “When they watch ‘Burn’ — what they’re doing is engaging with the Detroit Fire Department but also thinking let me get in touch with my firefighters here. Because I’m hearing that story everywhere. I never went into a firehouse in my own neighborhood or in my own town — then I saw ‘Burn’ and I thought maybe I should stop in and see what these guys do for a living and who they are.” The screening of “Burn” is scheduled for The Fillmore in Detroit at 7:30 p.m. for Thursday, May 22. 100% of the profits from the screening will go to the Leary Firefighters Foundation to benefit Detroit firefighters. For screening info call (313) 961-5451. Tickets are $18 at the door, $12.50 in advance at brownpapertickets.com.