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!

Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of those who are first responders?
Are you willing to stand with them?
If so, support the First Responders Foundation.

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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 support 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 student 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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Jay Miralles, FRF Volunteer of the Year!

Congratulations to Jay Miralles the First Responders Foundation Volunteer of the Year!

The First Responders Foundation thanks Jay Miralles for all he does to help make the annual Police vs. Fire boxing event Gun & Hoses a success.  Jay says he volunteers to help because he wants to give back to first responders in the metro area for all they do for us and he wants the night to make them feel appreciated.  We appreciate you Jay and all your hard work!

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Jay is pictured here with Gina Mowat, First Responders Foundation Director of Events.

FRF Director of Development, Jodi Teal

The First Responders Foundation is pleased to officially announce the addition of Jodi Teal as the Director of Development. Jodi joins the Foundation with 15 years of nonprofit experience and is assisting with moving the Foundation toward the vision of providing a direct impact on the mental and emotional wellbeing of first responders. In her previous position, as Development Director at Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy, she served in various positions including donor relations, grant writer, event manager, fundraising, and was the liaison to outside funding opportunities in the community. Jodi has presented on fundraising, grant writing, and capacity building topics at regional and state conferences.

Jodi earned her degree in Human Resources and Family Science from University of Nebraska at Omaha and post-baccalaureate Certificate of Paralegal Studies from College of St. Mary. She completed UNO’s Certificate in Fundraising Management and Strong Nonprofit Program from the Fremont Area Community Foundation. Jodi believes in the positive nature of therapies received beyond the clinical setting. She maintains her certification as an equine specialist in Mental Health and Learning and a therapeutic riding instructor certification through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. She is currently a Board of Director member for the Little Giants Foundation.

Born and raised in Omaha, Jodi is proud to support first responders.  The Foundation is excited to have her as part of the team.  Welcome, Jodi!

Enterprise Security Risk Management Seminar & Vendor Fair

Registration is now open for the Enterprise Security Risk Management Seminar and Vendor Fair, Dec. 2nd and 3rd at the Scott Conference Center. First Responders Foundation is proud to be co presenting with ASIS International. ASIS is the largest organization of security professionals in the world, with over 37,000 members. Register now at here