9/11 responders

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A group of local restaurants in Kansas City decided to donate 10 percent of their sales to a charity that aims to help first responders.

The charity, started a year ago, was founded by a Blue Springs man who retired from 30 years fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“We pride ourselves on being ready, check in hand, within the first 24 to 36 hours," said Darrell Smith of HeroFundUSA.

His primary focus is something few other charities address: providing life-saving protective equipment that limited city and county budgets can’t.

“We’ve bought bunker gear for two fire departments in the metro area in the last few months," he said. "We are in the process of funding a drone for a local police department.”

HeroFundUSA is run entirely by volunteers, no salaries -- even for the CEO.

In one year, HeroFundUSA has given financial help to six families, including the families of two Clinton police officers killed in the line of duty and two Wyandotte County deputies killed.

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