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.

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.

Bleeding and Shock Kits Campaign Reaches Goal Ahead of College World Series

Below is a news article from WOWT announcing that our Bleeding and Shock Kits campaign met its fundraising goal! Read the article below, or click here to watch a video of the story.

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — The campaign to outfit metro first responders with a new layer of life-saving gear has hit its funding target and the new tools are in place.

We told you about the Bleeding and Shock Kit Project last month.

The goal is to protect the citizens of Omaha in the event of a mass casualty incident. The project will outfit 24 of the City’s emergency response vehicles with life-saving kits that include items such as tourniquets, pressure dressings, decompression needles and more.

Officials announced Thursday that the project had met its funding goal in time for the College World Series.

The $25,000 project was funded thanks to donations from the public, along with funding and assistance from organizations such as the First Responders Foundation, CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy, Nebraska Medicine, MECA, the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, and Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate.

“We’re extremely thankful to the corporations that stepped up in support of this project, as well as the citizens of
Omaha who donated,” said project organizer and Omaha Firefighter Dustin Talacko. “With your support, Omaha is now better equipped to handle an unthinkable crisis, should one occur.”

My Pie Pizza Donates $507 to First Responders Foundation from Grand Opening Weekend

As part the opening of their second location in Aksarben Center, My Pie Pizza vowed to donate 20% of all sales from Saturday, January 26th through Sunday, January 27th back to the First Responders Foundation.

“We didn’t get the best Omaha winter weather the week we opened, but we made the most of it that weekend. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to give back to the First Responders Foundation in whatever way possible,” said Blair Horner, Owner of My Pie Pizza.

Horner, and his daughter Anna Horner, General Manager, presented us with a check for $507 from the event.

“We are honored that My Pie Pizza chose the First Responders Foundation to partner with for their Grand Opening. We look forward to continuing this partnership in the future,” said Al Batschelet, President and CEO.

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 for more details.

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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First Responders Foundation Participating in Omaha Gives!

The First Responders Foundation is excited to be participating in Omaha Gives, a 24-hour online giving event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy and inspire the community to come together to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible within the allotted time to support the work of local nonprofit organizations.

You Can Help Support Our Mission

1) Donate

frfogprofPlease consider a donation of $10 or more to help us thank Omaha’s first responders by providing materials and equipment and funding other initiatives that support the police and fire departments. We work directly with each chief to fulfill wish lists and prioritize resources so your donation goes where it is needed most.

Omaha Gives culminates on May 25, 2016, but you can schedule your donation now. Every donation is important and helps increase our chances of taking home extra incentives such as participation prizes and hourly giveaways. Thank you for supporting Omaha’s first responders!

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2) Thank a Hero!

THANKAHEROFirst responders embody the very definition of heroism by putting their lives on the line for us each and every day. Police officers and firefighters are the first people on the scene when an emergency strikes. These brave men and women run towards dangerous situations to save and protect the people of our community.

Do you have a police officer or firefighter in your family or circle of friends that you admire for their dedication and want to thank for their service? Has your life been touched or saved by a first responder? Participate in our #ThankAHero campaign by nominating a first responder to be publicly thanked on our website and social media during the month of May! We will be sharing nominations in conjunction with Omaha Gives, telling your stories, and thanking these real heroes for making a difference every day.

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3) Be a Social Media Advocate

You can help spread our message and inform others about the work that we are doing to help our local first responders by sharing our Omaha Gives Facebook posts and tweets!

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Press Release: Help Send OPD Officers to DC to Honor Fallen Sister Kerrie Orozco

​The ​First Responders Foundation is ​​honored to be sponsoring the #KerrieOn2​DC/#SupportBlue fundraiser to help raise funds for Omaha Police Officers to honor ​Officer Kerrie Orozco in Washington DC during National Police Memorial Week (May 2016).

We will be hosting a media opportunity tomorrow to announce this project. First Responders representatives as well as OPD officers will be available for personal one on one interviews.

Tomorrow (Friday November 19th)
Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn
615 Leavenworth (Enter the South Door)
11:00 am

​The ​F​irst Responders​ Foundation​ is also the creator of ​the grassroots ​Support Blue Campaign and this is a perfect ​opportunity for all Americans to stand with ​law enforcement to show honor and respect to not only the fallen officers but all current first responders as well.

​We are hoping to raise enough funds to send honor guard​ / pipe and drum​ members, close ​OPD ​friends and crew members of Kerrie’s to the memorial​ services​.

Officers have to pay all of their own expenses​ to travel to DC so it’s important to assist them financially ​so they are able to attend the memorial service​s​ as Kerrie’s name will be engraved on the National Police Memorial Wall.

The First Responders Foundation has partnered with the ​following ​organizations to join our efforts in this important endeavor​: ​

Omaha Police Officers Association
Fraternal Order of Police
OPD Welfare & Benefit Association
Black Police Officers Association
Latino Peace Officers Association
Nebraska Association of Women Police Officers

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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!


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!