Thank You For Supporting First Responders Foundation during Omaha Gives! 2019

First Responders Foundation would like to thank everyone who supported the foundation during Omaha Gives 2019 yesterday! First Responders Foundation received $3515 in gifts. That will go a long way in supporting the many programs for metro area first responders. YOUR DONATION WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Special thanks to Omaha Community Foundation & American National Bank for sponsoring the day. Click here for more information on Omaha Gives.

First Responders Spouse Support Session

First Responders Support Team (FRST) offers Mental Health and Wellbeing support to first responderes and their families. One of the programs offered free by the professionals of FRST is the First Responders Spouse Support Session. On June 3rd, from 6:30-8pm, significant others and spouses, are invited to meet together to discuss ways to live a more meaningful life with their first responder. Spouse sessions provide an opportunity to care for yourself and be in a safe environment to address challenges that arise.  This session is for an adult support person of a First Responder.

June 3, 2019 from 6:30PM – 8PM at the Southwest Police Precinct. 5111 S 135th St.  To sign up or for more information, contact or to register click on RSVP.





Guns N Hoses Fighter Weigh-In 2019

We won’t give you a Blow-By-Blow description of the Fighter Weigh-In last Friday night, but let’s just say we didn’t Pull Any Punches! It was an All Out Fantastic Evening at the Thunderhead Brewing Taproom! It was a great time mingling with the Guns & Hoses fighters. The Dire Lion Grille & Chippy food truck provided delicious fish or chicken and chips, and we had festive entertainment from the Polka Police.  The fighters were introduced, weighed, shook hands, and how they are ready for the Main Event – Guns N Hoses 2019 THIS Friday April, 26th!

Big thanks to Jay Miralles, one of our event producers, for bringing his podcast Friday night. Check it out and hear about the event from several different fighters and other event personnel.  The Connection #13 with Jay Miralles: Guns and Hoses Boxing Challenge

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First Responders Honored at the Spring Husker Red White Game

The First Responders Foundation was privileged to be part of a group of first responders and community volunteers who were recognized at the Nebraska Spring Football Game. FRF CEO Al Batschelet and VP Mary Rosenthal along with Omaha Police Deputy Chief Ken Kanger and Omaha Fire Department Chief Dan Olsen were there representing first responders in the Omaha metro area. More than 250 people, many of whom helped during the recent and tragic flooding, walked out of the Nebraska Tunnel and formed an extended tunnel for the Nebraska players. Several videos were played while the first responders entered the field. What a special moment. What a special community dedicated to caring for one another. This is the community we are so proud to serve.  Being there for the Huskers to exit the tunnel (click “Huskers” for video!) was exciting too!  We thank the University of NE-Lincoln for their support.

Awards of Excellence Reception 2019

The Awards of Excellence recipients received their $500 Scholarships at a reception on April 11th at Champions Run. The recipients, who are children of first responders in the metro area,  demonstrated commitment to community and volunteerism, have good character and have balanced achievements in their lives.  The First Responders Foundation was proud of honor the students and their families.

Awards of Excellence Scholarships were made possible thanks to the following donors who fully-funded one or more of the awards: Farmers Insurance,  Jim Killips, Carol Stolp, Mary Rosenthal, Ray Somberg, Terry Headley, Tom Holland, Keith Basham, Susan Wier, Chuck Sederstrom, Bob Nelson, Al & Teri Batschelet.

The Awards of Excellence Reception was supported by Nelson Murphy Insurance & Investments, and Farmers Insurance.

Click here for more information, names of the winners, and pictures from the Awards of Excellence Reception.

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2019 Awards of Excellence Recipients Announced

The First Responders Foundation is proud and excited to announce the recipients of the 2019 “Awards of Excellence”.  These awards are meant to recognize children of our First Responders who are high school seniors and have demonstrated good character and balanced achievements in their lives.  We congratulate all the recipients.

The Awards of Excellence are made possible by our Booster Club.

Police Recipients

  • Jayden Anderson – Millard South High School
  • Joseph Barrios – Home Schooled
  • Callie Billings – Gross Catholic High School
  • Eli Bogdanoff – Blair High School
  • Logan Fornoff – Glenwood High School
  • Kaylee Flynn – Millard North High School
  • Joshua Herout – Concordia Jr./Sr. High School
  • Kiya Hudson – Millard North High School
  • Michael Kelly – Elkhorn South High School
  • Leah Millikan – Logan-Magnolia High School
  • Grant Oseka – Papillion LaVista South High School
  • Matthew Perl – Papillion LaVista South High School
  • Connor Smith – Westside High School
  • Kylie Tierney – Missouri Valley High School


Fire Recipients

  • Thomas Ahl – Louisville High School
  • Ethan Bernard – St. Albert High School
  • Alexis Buesing – Millard West High School
  • Garrison Dodge – Oakland-Craig High School
  • Tyson Guzman – Westside High School
  • Paige Holdsworth – Millard North High School
  • Colton Mallory – Fort Calhoun High School
  • Chaylea Mandina – Gretna High School
  • Camryn McLaughlin – Lincoln Southwest High School
  • Brad Noble – Papillion LaVista High School
  • Tate Patera – Platteview High School
  • Bethany Stratton – Yutan High School
  • Katherine Swan – Elkhorn High School
  • Maximus Wold – Bellevue East High School


Recipients will receive their award at the Awards of Excellence Celebration on April 11th at Champions Run.

Recipients: remember to tell your school about your award so it can be included alongside other scholarship announcements!

We appreciate the hard work and dedication exhibited by all applicants and wish everyone continued success in all future endeavors.

Tickets and sponsorships for Guns N Hoses now available!

It’s red vs. blue, police vs. fire: who will take home the gold? Guns N Hoses is Omaha’s most exciting sporting event where police officers and firefighters duke it out in the ring and brawl for it all. This high-energy, entertaining evening awarded Omaha’s “Best Event” by Metro Magazine returns to Baxter Arena on Friday, April 26, 2019 and there will be fun, sweat, and cheers. And by joining in on the fun, you’re a hero to our men and women on the front lines as all proceeds are donated back to support first responder programs and public safety. It’s why thousands flock to the arena every year, and it’s why the fighters fight!

Find out everything you need to know at, including how to get tickets, be a sponsor, or advertise at the event!

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September 12 is First Responders Night at Smitty’s Garage!

On September 12, Smitty’s Garage will donate 10% of their proceeds between 5:00pm-10:00pm to First Responders Foundation. Join us that night for delicious hamburgers, fresh cut fries, cold drinks, and 10% of your tab will come back to First Responders!

Smitty’s Garage Omaha
7610 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68114

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Join Us for First Responders Night at Werner Park on August 5

Join the First Responders Foundation on Sunday, August 5th for First Responders Night at Werner Park with the Storm Chasers! For every ticket purchased through the link below, First Responders will receive $2 of the ticket price from the Storm Chasers.

Be sure to use the code RESCUE when you check out!

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First Responders, we are offering a special discount to you. Please contact us or your PIO for more information on how to redeem.