The fire that killed nine Charleston firefighters last week has drawn the attention of actor Denis Leary, who is raising money to help the families.

Leary, who plays New York City fireman Tommy Gavin on "Rescue Me," donated $100,000 to a fund for the families of the Charleston firefighters who died.

Donations for the families are being collected by The Leary Firefighters Foundation, which is based in New York. Leary started it in 2000 after a fire in Worcester, Mass., killed six firefighters, including his cousin, Jerry Lucey. In that fire also, firemen died when the roof fell on them.

"Rescue Me" airs weekly on the FX cable network. Leary struggles with the death of his cousin and best friend, Jimmy Keefe, who died in the World Trade Center fires on Sept. 11, 2001.

All the money collected for the Charleston families will go directly to the families, with no administrative expenses, Hopper said.

Donations can be made by at www.learyfirefighters.org, by calling 1-212-343-0240 or by sending a check to The Leary Firefighters Foundation, 594 Broadway, Suite 409, New York, N.Y. 10012.

The notation "Charleston" should be written in the memo section the check.

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