William S. Phillips was a firefighter before he became an artist. The events on 9/11, ten years ago now, shook him to his core. “You become a firefighter because you are driven by a sense of community and purpose,” Phillips relates. “Firefighters always have, and always will be, walking into that burning building looking to save lives.” As a firefighter from Oregon, Bill had painted this iconic and heroic work of art to support firefighters nationwide.
For 10 years, A Prayer for My Brother has provided funds to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Its mission is to honour and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives. “The self sacrifice continues in every corner of this country and beyond. Some of those men and women rushing into buildings today may have been only a child when 9/11 occurred. It is the same spirit of community and purpose that drives these firefighters today as it did that fateful day in New York City ten years ago.” – William Phillips