2020 Inductees into the Ancient Society of St. Florian and St. Michael

The First Responders Foundation is proud to honor Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer by inducting him into the Ancient Society of St. Florian and St. Michael.
He will be inducted on September 11th at the First Responders Foundation 9/11 Event of Honor, where he will also be the keynote speaker. We invite you to join our livestream free from 11:30a.m.-12:00p.m. Chief Schmaderer will discuss the importance of first responders and the work they do in our community. Click here to watch live.

We thank Chief Schmaderer for his professionalism in all circumstances and his dedication and commitment to the City of Omaha.

The First Responders Foundation thanks Chief Schmaderer for his outstanding leadership of the Omaha Police Department, for his professionalism in all circumstances, his dedication and commitment to the citizens of the City of Omaha and the metro area, and for his continuous support of our Foundation.

Todd R. Schmaderer was appointed the 32nd Chief of Police for the City of Omaha on August 15, 2012. Chief Schmaderer leads the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Nebraska, which is comprised of 902 sworn officers and 160 non-sworn personnel. He manages an operating budget of $160 million, and serves a population of 460,000 residents in the city limits.

Chief Schmaderer is a dedicated police professional who has excelled at all ranks in the Omaha Police Department.

He is a 24-year-veteran of the Omaha Police Department, and previously held the positions of Deputy Chief, Captain, Training Academy Commander, and Uniform Patrol Supervisor as a Lieutenant and Sergeant.
Chief Schmaderer is an adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Bellevue University. He serves on the Boards of many organizations, to include the Nebraska Crime Commission, the Omaha Police Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. He is a member of the Omaha-Metropolitan Chiefs Association, the Police Officers Association of Nebraska, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has lived in Omaha his entire life and is a 1990 graduate of Omaha Roncalli High School.
Your virtual participation is much appreciated, as is your support. We do ask you to consider a donation to the Foundation, as this annual event is important to our fundraising, and is essential to continue the programming the Foundation offers to first responders and their families. To make a donation click here.

We hope you will join us on 9/11/2020 at 11:30a.m.  Click here to watch live.

The First Responders Foundation is proud to honor Omaha Fire Chief Dan Olsen by inducting him into the Ancient Society of St. Florian and St. Michael.  He will be inducted at the 4th Annual 9/11 Event of Honor on September 11th at 11:30AM, with keynote speaker Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.   All are invited to join virtually by livestream.  Click here on 9/11 to watch live.

Daniel C. Olsen was appointed Fire Chief on December 28, 2016, becoming the Omaha Fire Department’s 31st Fire Chief.

Chief Olsen began his public safety career with the department in 1993 and has served as a Firefighter, Captain, Fire Investigator, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief, and Interim Fire Chief before being appointed as the Fire Chief.  An interested fact is that Chief Olsen is also a certified law enforcement officer.  He graduated from the Omaha Police Academy in 2009. Chief Olsen manages a 116.8 million dollar budget and provides leadership to over 650 firefighters and oversees 24 fire stations.  Chief Olsen also manages the fire department’s administrative and civilian staff. 

We thank Chief Olsen for his dedication, professionalism, and leadership to the Omaha Fire Department and for the service to our community. 

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Support the First Responders Foundation Today & Stand With Them!

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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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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.

For more information and photos visit: http://bit.ly/2rqvhU1.


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!

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

Click here to view their full menu.

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.