Guns N Hoses! June 28, 2019

Guns N Hoses – Another red vs blue competition!

Mark your calendars for the June 28th Salute to First Responders Night and Whelen, Fire, Safety, and Police Night.

During intermission of the NASCAR Whelen Racing Series there will be two feature heats each with 2 police officers and 2 firefighters. The top 4 from those heats will race for the championship.

Racing for the Red Team:
Brad Lucas from the Omaha Fire Department
Matt Meyer from the Omaha Fire Department
Dustin Wyman for the Omaha Fire Department
Pat Wolf from the Omaha Fire Depaartment
The Captain of the Red Team in First Responders Foundation Vice President Mary Rosenthal.

Racing for the Blue Team:
Larry Schwartz from the Bellevue Police Department
Adam Smith from the Red Oak, IA Police Department
Dave Volenec from the Omaha Police Department
Matt Baughman from the Omaha Police Department and Pilot for Able 1
The Captain of the Blue Team is Jim Cahill Director of Security at NE Furniture Mart.

Who will make it to the finish line first!  Come out and cheer on your TEAM!

There will be a reverse tribute lap before the race honoring all fallen first responders. Law enforcement and fire vehicles will take part in this lap. The OPD helicopter will also be overhead depending on weather and their availability. The National Anthem will be sung by David Volenec, one of the racers. At the end of the tribute lap and the national anthem, the OPD helicopter will do a flyover, stop, and bow to the crowd. The helicopter is scheduled to come back again during the races at intermission.

This event is a fundraiser for First Responders foundation. The money raised will go to the FRST Program (First Responders Foundation – First Responders Support Team) in honor of Jeremy Knott, OFD. 

FRF will have merchandise for sale and other fun ways to support the foundation.  Donations and purchases will help the First Responders Foundation continue to offer the programs and services that help first responders and their families in the metro area.

FREE Tickets for all First Responders.  Contact Mary Rosenthal at mary@firstrespondersomaha.org.  Tickets must be obtained prior to the event.

To purchase tickets visit https:http://www.i-80speedway.com/i80/events/nascar-weekly-points-night-7/

The racing will start at 7:10pm but come early to see the police and fire practice rounds and other fun activities prior to the race!


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 gunsnhosesomaha.com, including how to get tickets, be a sponsor, or advertise at the event!

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Tribute Lap at I-80 Speedway This Week Will Honor Fallen First Responders

This Friday at 7pm, there will be a special tribute to fallen Officer Kerrie Orozco & Deputy Mark Burbridge at the I-80 Speedway, featuring driver Jim Cahill doing a reverse tribute lap in his car (pictured below) followed by the Omaha Police Dept., Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Dept., Douglas County Sheriff’s Dept., Ralston Police Dept., Bellevue Police Dept., La Vista Police dept., Papillion Police Dept., and the Council Bluffs Police Dept.

Cahill’s race car is wrapped in graphics as a tribute to Deputy Mark Burbridge.

The First Responders Foundation will also be on hand to participate in the tribute lap and raise money to support area first responders.


Guns N Hoses Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

If your organization is looking for a fun sponsorship opportunity, this is it! Get in front of Omaha’s finest and thousands of first responders and spectators with a Guns N Hoses sponsorship! Email contact@firstrespondersomaha.org for more details.


“Omaha Together” Event on 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Will Remember Lives Lost in Terror Attacks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The First Responders Foundation is a nonprofit that works to enhance public safety in our community by providing resources to police officers and firefighters and to show appreciation for their dedicated service.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11. In partnership with Stinson Park, the First Responders Foundation is presenting Omaha Together, a day-long event to honor the lives lost on September, 11, 2001.

We invite you to join us on Sunday, September 11 at Stinson Park for Omaha’s official day of remembrance. The day will begin with the 3rd Annual Minute of Silence Ceremony. Immediately following will be a day of free family activities to encourage Omahans to come together in honor of the lives lost, reunite as a community, and show appreciation for our first responders.

9:11-9:12am: Minute of Silence Ceremony
9:00am-1:00pm: Farmer’s Market
9:00am-9:00pm: Kids Activities
5:00pm: World Record-Breaking Swing Dance & Tribute Video
6:00pm: Live Concert
9:11pm: Special Tribute

To learn more about the First Responders Foundation, view the press kit.  For more information about the event, visit the official Omaha Together Facebook page.

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PRESS INQUIRIES

Jim Hanson
First Responders Foundation
402.218.1205
jim@intouchcommunications.com

Bridget Fitzpatrick
Omaha Police Department
402.510.0796
bridget.fitzpatrick@cityofomaha.org


Law Enforcement Golf Tournament to Benefit First Responders Foundation!

Calling all law enforcement officers!

On May 20, 2016, the 55th Security Forces Squadron will be holding the 6th Annual Police Week Golf Tournament at Fox Run in Council Bluffs. This event is open to all Law Enforcement Agencies around Omaha and teams are first come, first serve. Funds from perks purchased to assist you in play will be donated to the First Responders Foundation.

There will also be a 2016 Chevy vehicle up for grabs for those who make the hole-in-one on a designated par three. Additionally, there will be prizes ranging from golf balls, to bags, to full sets of clubs at designated longest drive and closest to the pin holes. Also gift cards from various companies.

There will also be free food grilled up and free drinks, excluding alcohol, available.

Sign up for a good time and for a good cause with your fellow Brothers and Sisters in Blue!

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Honor Your Heroes by Donating Blood

A big thank you to the American Red Cross for organizing the “Honor Your Heroes” blood drives in honor of first responders! By giving blood at one of the following drives, you are supporting the First Responders Foundation’s mission and saying “thank you” to our heroes in red and blue.

May 3 – La Vista Community Center – 1pm – 7pm
8116 Parkview Blvd. – La Vista

Make an Appointment

 

May 5 – Bellevue Christian Center – 1pm – 7pm
1400 Harvell Drive – Bellevue

Make an Appointment

 

May 6 – Sarpy County Courthouse – 8am – 2pm
(Probation Office) 1261 Golden Gate Drive – Papillion

Make an Appointment

 

All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross t-shirt!

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Operation Smoke Detector Program Will Be at Christmas in the Village!

christmasHave you heard of the Operation Smoke Detector Program? This program is free and is designed to save lives in the event of a fire or a carbon monoxide leak in your home. Statistics show that in a fire, households that have a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm are much more likely to be awakened by the alarm and get out of the house in time to save themselves and their families.

Carbon monoxide is a deadly odorless gas emitted from a malfunctioning furnace. Without a carbon monoxide detector, there is no way to recognize the deadly gas until danger symptoms begin occurring in the body and many times it is too late for the victim to realize what is happening.

Our foundation along with the Omaha Fire Department and the Red Cross have teamed together to make sure that no family in Omaha will be left without a smoke/carbon monoxide detector in their home. So far this year the Operation Smoke Detector Program has installed 1250 detectors all at no charge to the resident!

Join Us at Christmas in the Village!

Our foundation will be at Christmas in the Village on December 5th from 12pm-5pm at 24th & Lake St. Please look for our booth. We will be partnering with the Omaha Fire Department and the Nebraska/SW Iowa Red Cross to be offering free smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. These detectors come with 10 year batteries!

Look for our booth and sign up to get one of these detectors installed absolutely free.

Can’t Make It? Request Your Detector

If you or someone you know, needs a fire/carbon monoxide detector for their home, please sign up below or call the Omaha Fire Department at 402-444-3570 to schedule your installation.

This winter give your family the “Gift of Safety.” It won’t cost you anything and it will give you the peace of mind to know that you are helping to keep your family safe.

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Recap: 5 Events in 30 Days

Ahhhh…. or should we say AHHHHH! That is the sound made by many members of our foundation after the last of our events for the year were completed. This year we have been busier than ever before with community events and activities, having been involved in ten events this year with five of those events happening within thirty days!

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2nd Annual 9/11 Memorial Benefit

The mad rush started with the 9/11 Minute of Silence. This event was held at Memorial Park on Sept. 11 at 9am. Governor Pete Ricketts attended along with Omaha’s top leaders to observe a minute of silence at 9:11am. The minute of silence recognized everyone that was killed in the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US.

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Just three days later on Sept. 14th, we held our 1st Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser. This was originally scheduled much earlier in the year, but multiple rainouts forced us to this later date. But, even with the later date the event was super fun and successful!

Three days after that on Sept 17th, we held our annual 9/11 Memorial Benefit fundraiser. This was held at the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol barn. There were both silent and live auctions that proved to be very spirited, and we all feasted on a delicious bbq dinner and designer cupcakes. And of course there was much horsing around!

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FBI Executive Shoot STEAK-Out

FBI Executive Steak-Out Shoot

After the benefit, we had a reprieve of sixteen days before our next event. That event was Action Day held on Oct. 3rd at the Omaha Police Training Academy. Action Day brings together area scouts to work on crime prevention badges and the general public to come see all of our cool police and fire equipment in action!

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Six days after Action Day, we hosted the FBI Executive Steak-Out Shoot at the Police Training Academy. Numerous executives from around Omaha signed up to learn more about the police department. They went through the Virtra system, which is a simulator for live time 911 calls, and the participants were involved in real-life reactions. They get to see what it feels like to be in an officer’s shoes and have to make a life-or-death decision in a split-second. They also partnered with our training instructors and were brought out to the gun range to fire a multitude of high caliber weapons.

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So let us just say AHHHH one more time! It takes a great team of members and volunteers to be able to pull often events, let alone five in 30 days! If you would like a piece of the fun, please contact us to sign up as a volunteer. Next year we will be changing the dates of some of our events so that we can spread the fun throughout the year!


Join Us at the #SupportBlue Rally

When: Monday, September 7, 2015
Time: Immediately Following Septemberfest Labor Day Parade (approximately 12:30pm)
Where: Central Station at 505 So. 15th St

Last week Deputy Goforth was pumping gas and was executed from behind. We have decided that we will hold a ‪#‎SupportBlue‬ Rally called “Officer I Have Your Back” to show that we stand behind our entire police department.

At the rally we will become a human shield and stand shoulder to shoulder around the block of Central Station. A prayer will be said for the safety of our officers.

The parade is scheduled to run until approximately 12:30 and we will meet at Central directly afterwards. We are asking people to wear their‪ #‎SupportBlue‬ shirts or a blue shirt and carry signs showing their support. Children and strollers are welcome to attend.

Let’s show the Omaha Police Department how much this town appreciates them! We want to be louder and prouder than any protesters. Our officers need our support; are you in?

Please share this post and let’s get enough people to wrap around Central twice!