NEW YORK (AP) – Paul McCartney and his wife have donated a painting from their private collection to the members of the Fire Department of New York – and the subject is something likely very close to their hearts.

The 1974 painting by Ron Kleinman features a Mack truck once operated by the members of the FDNY’s Engine Co. 33 on Great Jones Street in Manhattan.

The painting, 57 ½ inches by 62 ½ inches, was presented by the ex-Beatle and his wife, Heather, earlier this month to the members of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, union spokesman Tom Butler said Wednesday.

“This is given with a deep respect and gratitude, from our family to yours, for all that you (the firefighters) have done,” McCartney, the son of a former Liverpool, England, firefighter, said in a statement. “A heartfelt thanks, and I hope that all of the firefighters will be able to enjoy its beauty once it finds its resting place.”

The painting will be displayed at firehouses throughout the city, UFA President Steve Cassidy said.

McCartney was one of the featured performers in a benefit concert following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, which killed 343 New York firefighters.



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