The need for fire safety and awareness among college students has become more apparent in the past decade with numerous instances of preventable loss. According to FEMA, most college related fires are due to lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention.
The Friends of Rigby Foundation was formed in October 2006 after Daniel H. Rigby passed away in an off-campus fire at Georgetown University. The Foundation seeks to establish a network of financial and organizational support to educate and assist students at colleges and universities in order to prevent this tragedy from happening again. The primary objective is to build a connection between students and local firefighters as well as to provide such necessities as fire inspections, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers in off-campus homes.
The Friends of Rigby Foundation (FRF) is a public charity whose purpose is to further the memory of Daniel H. Rigby, specifically as it relates to promoting fire safety, education, and community activism.
The Certificate of Congressional Recognition was presented to The Friends of Rigby Foundation from Congressman Steve Rothman. The plaque reads: “The Foundation honors the beloved memory of Daniel H. Rigby (1982 – 2004) and congratulates the Foundation for raising awareness about student fire safety, education and community activism; as well as donating scholarships to the needy to further Danny’s scholarly pursuits and his belief in volunteerism to assist the less fortunate.“