Salute to Heroes Charlotte Foundation raising funds for critically injured retired Charlotte Fire captain

Kevin Campbell
Kevin.Campbell@charlottenc.gov
9/8/2022

Retired Charlotte Fire Captain Tripp Fincher was seriously injured in a hunting accident in Severy, Kansas, on Sept. 3, 2022. Fincher was airlifted for treatment to Wichita, Kansas where he underwent extensive surgery.

A fundraiser has been established to bring Fincher home to Charlotte to continue his recovery and for physical rehabilitation. Because of his extensive injuries, he can only travel by medical airplane.

The funds being raised will help cover the cost of air travel, physical rehabilitation in Charlotte and any ancillary expenses Fincher and his family may incur.

Fincher joined Charlotte Fire in 1990 and graduated from Charlotte Fire recruit class 36. In 2002, he was promoted to Captain and retired on May 11, 2019, after more than two decades of dedicated service.

Fincher has always helped citizens in the Charlotte community and beyond when 9-1-1 was called. He responded to thousands of calls for help and was deployed many times locally and nationally with the Charlotte Fire Urban Rescue unit at Station 11.

Fincher not only served the public but was a leader in supporting his fellow firefighter brothers, sisters and their families.

Fincher raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for first responders and their families in their time of need and coordinated a myriad of fundraisers from golf outings to fish fries and barbecues. Fincher was also team captain of Charlotte Fire Hockey and currently holds title of captain emeritus for the team.

Salute to Heroes Charlotte Foundation has set up a GoFundMe site for donations. Salute to Heroes Charlotte Foundation will manage and distribute all funds to Fincher. Salute to Heroes Charlotte Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support first responders and their families in times of need.

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Donations can be mailed to Salute to Heroes Charlotte Foundation, 11809 Pheasant Lane, Charlotte NC 28277. Organizers ask that the words “FOR TRIPP” be written in the memo line on checks.

On Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., organizers will hold “Rally For Tripp” and taking donations and filing videos of encouragement for Fincher. Rally For Tripp will be held Palmer Building, 2601 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204.

Media inquiries can contact Lester Oliva, public information officer for Salute to Heroes Charlotte Charitable Foundation, at loliva9432@gmail.com or call 704-303-0014.

For questions regarding donations contact Marc Bochicchio, chief fundraising officer for Salute to Heroes Charlotte Charitable Foundation, at marc.bochicchio2005@gmail.com or call 704-819-6725.

Charlotte Fire Public Information Office can be contacted at CFDPIO@charlottenc.gov.