Friday, July 13, 2007

JK Harris & Company Helps Families of Fallen Firefighters

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — JK Harris & Company announced that $14,000 will be donated to the City of Charleston Fireman's Fund to help the families of the nine Charleston firefighters who lost their lives battling a fire at a furniture store in Charleston, S.C., on June 18.

The North Charleston-based company, which is the largest tax resolution firm in the nation, collected $9,000 in voluntary donations from employees. The company also matched, dollar for dollar, the first $5,000 that was collected to bring the grand total to be given to the Fireman's Fund to $14,000.

"Our employees wanted to help the families of these nine heroic firefighters," said John Harris, president and CEO of JK Harris. "And just like many times before, our employees showed their compassion to help those in need."

The loss of the nine firefighters marked the first time a firefighter was killed on the job in Charleston since 1965. More than 10,000 mourners, including firefighters from across the country, attended the public memorial service for the firemen on June 22 at the North Charleston Coliseum.

"These families have experienced a tremendous loss," Harris said. "I am very proud that our employees have shown where their hearts and minds are - with the fallen firefighters and their families."

JK Harris & Company, LLC, based in North Charleston, S.C., is the nation's largest tax resolution firm and has served over 170,000 customers since its founding in 1997 by John K. Harris. JK Harris consultants are available to meet with consumers in over 450 locations nationwide by appointment only. The company also provides services for consumer and commercial debt, student loan debt, investment fraud, financial planning, tax return preparation, and audit representation.

This is a nice example of a business giving back to people in the community. The loss of these firefighters was a terrible tragedy, and perhaps in some way this donation will ease some of the financial burden of their families.

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