Proceeds from the Dec. 12 event will go to endowment for John Percin Jr.

Joe Torillo, a first responder to 9/11 in New York City, will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser in West Linn on Dec. 12 to benefit an endowment honoring John Percin Jr. of West Linn.

Percin was among the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters who died in a wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz., this past summer. Percin

The benefit will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. at Athey Creek Middle School in West Linn. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 300 people to arrive.

Tribute to Honor is establishing an endowment with the Clackamas Community College Foundation in Percin’s honor that will benefit students in the Wildland Firefighting program. The benefit is sponsored by state Rep. Julie Parrish, Tribute to Honor and the CCC Foundation.

Tribute to Honor is a local nonprofit that was originally established to assist families affected by the 9/11 tragedy, and it has now turned its focus to helping local first responders and their families.

Percin, 25, was a graduate of West Linn High School; prior to that he attended Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego. His parents and brother reside in West Linn.

Torillo was buried alive twice in New York during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He travels the world as an inspirational speaker.

For more information about the event or the Percin endowment, contact Vicki Smith with the CCC Foundation at 503-594-3128 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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