Wife Of Slain St. Louis Firefighter Honors His Memory With Foundation

Posted on: 11:14 am, July 27, 2012, by , updated on: 11:28am, July 27, 2012

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.