ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI(KTVI)- St. Louis city firefighter Leonard Riggins was shot and killed in the line of duty . His widow is on a mission to help keep her husband’s memory alive. Darnita Riggins started the S.A.I.L Foundation. S.A.I.L stands for save an innocent life. It’s a 501(c) (3)non-profit organization is working to help troubled teens avoid violence. S.A.I.L was founded in memory of fallen fighter Leonard Riggins. “Familes have to start new lives without their loved ones and the new life never gets started because the pain is ongoing,” said Darnita.
His widow also says “Everyday is a reminder of what you don’t have any more- lunches, dinners, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, family gatherings and the lonely ride home from churches, cruises late night talks, and lastly his signature smile, ” said the widow. The 52- year-old was an veteran of the St. Louis fire department, He was tragically killed on November 5, 2008, on his way home from work. He was shot and killed as he stopped to help a car crash victim who turned out to be a teen carjacker. Leonard was an innocent victim of a troubled teen. Co- workers and family members say Leonard was a guy who would help anybody , at anytime, anywhere and never ask a question. The firefighter lost his life doing what he always did, helping others. His wife says Leonard’s life was a value and his sacrifice must not be forgotten.
He was a devoted husband, father and dear friend to many. Leonard’s legacy will live on through his family who loved him dearly and the S.A.I.L. Foundation. Leonard loved people in general, but had a soft spot in his heart for young people. For more information about the S.A.I.L. Foundation call 314-541-3530 or log onto www.thesailfoundation.com
The Foundation will hold a Back to school explosion August 11, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Demetrius Johnson Foundation located at 724 Union Blvd.