Captain John "Woody" Woodall is a retired fire Captain from Raleigh N.C. He was the Chief of Operations with the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation from February 2000 until February 2011 and was the official liaison from North Carolina to New York after September 11, 2001. During this time, he researched how to help the firefighters killed on 9-11 and found the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation. Through his research, four, fifteen passenger vans were donated to the Foundation and a financial donation was presented to the Thomas Elasser Fund.
To date Captain Woodall has made 200 visits to NYC since 9-11. Seven years ago Captain Woodall and several of his FDNY friends started bringing care packages to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. They also have picnics at the Fisher Houses & Malogue House. Captain Woodall founded Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families (FFAAFF, Inc.).
Captain Woodall is also an Elvis tribute artist and has sung for the families of 9-11 at Shea Stadium in NYC on family day. He has been singing for several years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center & Bethesda Naval Hospital for the wounded veterans and their families on special occasions.
Captain Woodall is an artist and has painted across the country. He was reintroduced to art after an explosion which left him in respiratory therapy for over a year. He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress in June of 2007 and believes art helped save his life.
“Gary Sinise is the anchor for the most unique foundation I have ever been a part of. All of the things that we acquire and share with our warriors are much needed things to assist them in the transition back to civilian life. But the key elements that make the gifts so special from the Gary Sinise Foundation is the respect, appreciation and love for our Warriors that goes into every gift given. Everyone I have met on our team has these valued traits and it is instilled by our great leader, Mr. Gary Sinise. It is an honor to be a part of his team.”
— John Woodall