Bob Smith, CEO of FedEx, announced Wednesday his company is giving $100,000 to the Chattanooga Heroes Fund to help the families of the five service members who died in Chattanooga last month.
“Being a former Marine, it just breaks my heart,” said FedEx CEO Fred Smith, who was the keynote speaker at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting on Wednesday. “I hope it will do good for the families in the future. Please accept the condolences of all of us at FedEx.”
The Chattanooga Heroes Fund, created by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and U.S. Senator Bob Corker, was setup to help the families of the four Marines and a Navy sailor who were killed on July 16 after 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez attacked a military reserve center.
Corker, who introduced the founder of Memphis-based FedEx, cited the gift unveiled by the businessman, calling him “a great leader.”
“I could not appreciate more Fred Smith and his contribution today,” he said. “He’s constantly pushing for efforts that make our country stronger.”
Smith, who served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, said Chattanooga is “one of my favorite places. I think this is one of the most charming cities in our state.”