9/11 Memorial Banquet

Who would have ever thought a horse barn could be so much fun? Well maybe if you are a horse, but those of us who didn’t grow up in a stable didn’t know horsing around would be so fun and charitable!

The 1st annual 9/11 Memorial Banquet was held on Sept. 11, 2014 at the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn. The day started out with a ceremony to remember Sept 11, 2001 and ended with a banquet to celebrate and fundraise for our local first responders.

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A Look Back at the 2014 Police and Fire Appreciation Day

10363711_10152471586769096_4687360570469931192_nThey say it’s the little things that count and that’s a true statement. But any more, it seems that kindness and appreciation aren’t just little things. The world is moving fast and we all take things for granted so when the foundation goes through the trouble of bringing over 900 lunches to the officers and firefighters and names the day “Police and Fire Appreciation Day,” it’s a great reminder that there are people who still appreciate what our first responders do for us. And not only is the gesture of kindness appreciated, but the sack lunches that are delivered are also decorated by school children.


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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.