Behind the Scenes of the Minute of Silence

One day in August as I was researching some content for the foundation, I ran across a video about a minute of silence in Warsaw Poland. Every August 1st at 5:00 pm, sirens are heard throughout the entire city of Warsaw, Poland. People stop what they are doing and cars come to halt to honor the people lost their lives in the Warsaw Uprising, a 63-day struggle against the Nazis which began on August 1, 1944.

This video inspired me to bring an idea to our foundation. What if we organized a minute of silence movement in Omaha to remember the tragedy of 9/11? No organized effort to remember 9/11 was occurring in Omaha and it had been 13 years since that day.

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The First Responders Foundation Reacts Quickly to Ebola Issue

With the recent health concerns surrounding Ebola and its entry into the United States, in addition to UNMC treating several Ebola patients, we decided to step in and help provide vital resources that would protect first responders and our community.

We donated 60 non contact infrared thermometers totaling $3,600 to allow emergency personnel to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of communicable diseases such as the Ebola virus.