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Hennepin Avenue's SEVEN opens its heart and its doors to 2 injured firefighters

Wed, Jul 28th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Minneapolis, MN (July 27, 2010) - A shout of "Mayday!" crackled over the scanner - a word every firefighter dreads.

A fiery burst blew out of the roof of the three-story home. Firefighter Jake LaFerriere hung on for life from a window before dropping several feet to a porch roof and the eventual safety of his Firehouse 11 comrades.

But he wasn't the only casualty at the scene that Sunday, July 3. Capt. Dennis Mack was also burned.

More than a month later, these two brave men are still recovering - and estimating when they will return to duty is uncertain.

Now it's time to say thank you to Jake and Dennis and help them and their families shoulder the consequences of that momentary burst of heat.

A fundraiser will be staged in downtown Minneapolis on Monday, Aug. 16 at SEVEN, just one of thousands of businesses and homes that Minneapolis firefighters stand ready to protect every hour of every day.

"This isn't much, compared to what these men have given, but this is our way to say thank you and also give their families some comfort, not only financially, but to let them know that Jake and Dennis are appreciated by everyone in this city," said SEVEN's David Koch. "We want to make sure these brave men from Firehouse 11 and their loved ones are not forgotten just because the headlines have faded away."

Jake LaFerriere has been with the department for nine years and is newly married. He remains hospitalized with third-degree burns on both hands. He cannot feed himself or change his own bandages. He will need skin graphs and is looking at recovery lasting up to a year.

Capt. Dennis Mack is a 19-year veteran. He and his wife have two children. Dennis suffered third-degree burns on both forearms. He's been home recovering since his release from the hospital.

"What happened to Captain Mack and Firefighter LaFerriere on this house call could've happened to any of us," said Firehouse 11 Capt. Tony Kuczek. "We work in a dangerous profession, and when something like this happens it reminds us how lucky the rest of us have been."

SEVEN's benefit at its SKYBAR and Ultralounge is open to the public and will run from 7 to 10 p.m. It will feature food and beverage stations with an interactive touch. The evenings highlight will be having firefighters Mack and LaFerriere on hand for the festivities. There also will be items available for a silent auction. A firefighter's boot will stand ready and hungry for financial donations.


SEVEN is a dramatic, three-level event destination that lights up the corner of 7th and Hennepin with multiple dining and entertainment experiences. Each level is meticulously designed, providing areas ideal for every occasion from an intimate late night rendezvous to larger social events, such as galas, and corporate functions. Seven in the City Catering also delivers a full array of home and corporate event services. Visit or

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