First Responders and the Coronavirus

At this time of crisis in our country, we are in a fight where the battlefield is in our own backyards and communities and first responders are on the frontlines, defending all of us.

Donate now to make a difference for local first responders, as your generous donation will support our key programs aimed at mental, emotional, and physical well-being for our first responders and their families.  As we seek to distance ourselves from one another by staying home, canceling events and school, first responders are selflessly exposing themselves to danger and risk of exposure and contraction of COVID- 19, nobly going into harm’s way on our behalf.

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Gary Steiner – New Board President

The First Responders Foundation is pleased to announce Gary Steiner, as Chairman of the Board in 2020.  Gary will be instrumental in helping the Foundation fulfill its mission to serve and honor all our First Responders and their families, build appreciation and respect for their work, and to enhance public safety.

Gary formed Steiner Consulting, Inc. in 2014 after 20 years of nonprofit management and fundraising work. His firm works with mid-sized nonprofits to develop visionary plans and to secure the resources needed to turn those visions into realities.

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Awards of Excellence Recipient, Kylie Tierney

Meet Kylie Tierney!  Kylie is a recipient of the First Responders Foundation Awards of Excellence 2019!  Kylie is a freshman at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and she is currently pursuing a Pre-Veterinarian path.

The Awards of Excellence are given to high school seniors who demonstrate good character, balanced achievement, and outstanding commitment to the community.  These students are also children of local first responders. That is what made Kylie eligible for the award. Kylie’s mom, Lt. Darci Tierney, recently retired from the Omaha Police Department after 25 years of outstanding service to the community.

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Announcing the First Responders Foundation Council Bluffs Chapter

A New Chapter……
The First Responders Foundation is proud to announce the first chapter of the Foundation, First Responders Foundation Council Bluffs Chapter! The new chapter was announced this morning at a Press Conference at the Council Bluffs Police Department. Speakers included Jim Hanson, the Foundation Chairman, Leria Bray Council Bluffs Chapter Chairman, Council Bluffs Police Chief Tim Carmody, and Council Bluffs Fire Department Chief Justin James. This partnership will give the Council Bluffs Chapter access to all the programs, events and activities of the Foundation. The Council Bluffs Chapter will hold independent programs and activities unique to the Council Bluffs area.

The Chapter will apply for grants and hold fundraising events and the monies will be used exclusively for Council Bluffs. We wish the Council Bluffs Chapter all the best. This partnership helps to make serving first responders more efficient and expands the reach to first responders and families served and helps fulfill the mission of the Foundation. Council Bluffs Board Members are:

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors Leria Bray
  • Real Estate Professional with NP Dodge Secretary Vince Rew
  • Dir. of Marketing and PR at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital
  • Treasurer James Watson, Attorney, Law Firm Watson, and Ryan, PLC.
  • Board member Mick McKinley
  • Ex-Officio members CBPD Captain Scott Milner
  • CBFD Assistant Chief Chris Sorensen

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Disrespect for Police Officers is Putting Our Country in Danger – William Barr

The rising disrespect for police officers in our country not only puts them in danger but is putting our county in danger. As U.S. Attorney General William Barr states in his recent article in the New York Post, serving as a cop in America is harder than ever. Those who put their lives on the line each and every day for us are being ambushed and executed while on duty. It is hurting officer retention and causing a drop in officer application across the country. Attorney General Barr names Sgt. Christopher Brewster from the Houston Police Department in his article. This hits close to home as Sgt. Brewster’s wife is the niece of an Omaha police detective and a sergeant. Sgt. Brewster was responding to a domestic situation when he was shot and killed.
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Support the First Responders Foundation Today & Stand With Them!

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Sacrifice is a way of life for first responders. They respond when a call is received, leaving their own families to aid ours. First responder families sacrifice too because their loved one responds for our loved ones. In recognition of these sacrifices, the annual “Awards of Excellence” provides multiple $500 scholarships to high school seniors each spring. The recipients must have a parent who is a first responder and demonstrate outstanding commitment to their community. There is no better way to thank our first responders than to recognize their high school senior with a scholarship to help achieve their goals!

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Congratulations to the 2019 ASIS Law Enforcement & Security Awards Winners!

The First Responders Foundation would like to congratulate all of the 2019 ASIS Law Enforcement & Security Awards Winners.  Their hard work and dedication to our community are much appreciated.  It was an honor to take part in recognizing them for the work they do day in and day out.

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Congratulations to the graduates of the Tri-County Fire Corps Exploring Program

The First Responders Foundation congratulates the students who graduated from the Tri-County Fire Corps Exploring Program on Sunday, November 18th.

The First Responders Foundation is proud to supports this program that introduces 16-19 year olds to fire services. The young people received approximately 40 hours of training spread over ten weekend mornings. The classes were taught by firefighters from local fire departments and used fire department training facilities and equipment.

The program concluded with a graduation ceremony where each students received two certificates, one for CPR and one for Stop the Bleed. The graduation ceremony took place at the Bennington Fire and Rescue.

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Guns & Hoses Tickets Now Available!

The day is finally here! Tickets for the 2020 event are now available to the public and we’re kicking things off with a Cyber Monday sale! Buy one ticket, get the second 50% off.

Click here and enter code CYBERBOGO to redeem!

Guns & Hoses tix are perfect for that upcoming gift exchange and make for an exciting stocking stuffer! We won’t have another sale, so stock up on your GA seating now!

*Limit 4 tickets total

Congratulations to the Tri-County Fire Corps Graduates

Congratulations to the graduates of the Tri-County Fire Corps Exploring Program

The First Responders Foundation congratulates the students who graduated from the Tri-County Fire Corps Exploring Program on Sunday, November 17th.

The Tri-County Fire Corps Exploring Program is a cooperative effort of the greater Omaha area fire departments, Metro Community College and the First Responders Foundation, in a public-private partnership. This program provides a unique opportunity for 16-19 year old youth to learn the skills necessary for a career in firefighting.

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