Kerry would create firefighter's fund in name of gay priest
August 20 2004 12:00 AM ET
During an impassioned speech to the International Association of Fire Fighters convention in Boston on Thursday, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry committed to creating a firefighters fund in the name of an openly gay priest who was killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"When John Edwards and I are in the White House, we're going to fund the FIRE Act and the SAFER Act," he said. "We're going to create the Father Mychal Judge Fund to hire 100,000 new firefighters all across America. And we're going to be an administration that stands with labor. Let us never forget that every single one of the firefighters who went up the stairs of those burning towers, and through the doors of that warehouse in Worcester, all of them were members of organized labor. They believed in the right to organize, the right to overtime pay, the right to have a Secretary of Labor who comes from labor. And we do too. Those are our values, and we're going to live and lead by them every day that we're in the White House. And that's how we're going to get the job done."