Detroit Firehose Challenge: Charlie LeDuff gets soaked for a new local cause

Leave it to Charlie LeDuff to transform the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge into something for Detroit.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter was doused with a firehose in what he has dubbed, “The Detroit Firehose Challenge.”

He donated $1,000 to the Detroit Firemen’s Fund Association, which assists families of firefighters who were injured or killed.

“You don’t have to take a firehose in the grill; I’m going to,” LeDuff said. “You can use a garden hose. You can use a water balloon. You don’t have to do anything, but please donate to the Detroit Fireman’s Benevolent Fund.”

Before being soaked with a firehose, LeDuff said, “I pledge $1,000 to my brothers and sisters who look out for my brothers and sisters.”

While a reporter at the Detroit News and Fox 2, LeDuff passionately covered the crisis in the Fire Department, where rigs routinely break down, thousands of arsons go unsolved a year and firefighters are forced to work more for less.

For more information on the Detroit Firemen’s Fund Association, call (313) 628-0099 or visit You also may send a check or money order to Detroit Firemen’s Fund Association, 1301 Third St. Suite 329, Detroit, MI 48226.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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