Lester Sorgen In Memoriam (1953 - 2017) Our dear co-founder and friend passed away this year and his committment to the foundation and friendship will forever be missed. Lester worked as a firefighter for 20 years. He was certified in arson investigation and auto extrication. As a Past President of the Emergency Responders Burn Foundation, Lester was passionate about bringing comfort and healing to those suffering from burn disfigurements.
In 2000, he received the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award for Outstanding Community Service. Lester also received the Certificate of Merit by the Fort Wayne Fire Department in 2001 for his continued commitment to community service. Lester was an active member of the American Legion for 15 years and served as vice president of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club of Indiana. For the past 18 years Lester worked diligently to raise funds for Indiana's North East Burn Foundation, Make A Wish, Crime Stoppers, and local burn centers and hospitals.