Hand Sanitizer brings Patriarch Distillers & the First Responders Foundation Together

Patriarch Distillers Inc. is distributing hand sanitizers for first responders and health care workers in cooperation with the First Responders Foundation.

Patriarch Distillers/Soldier Valley Spirits is a small craft distillery that has changed production over from spirit-based consumables to a hand sanitizer during the pandemic. They hope the hand cleaning application will help slow down the COVID- 19 virus.

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First Responders and the Coronavirus

At this time of crisis in our country, we are in a fight where the battlefield is in our own backyards and communities and first responders are on the frontlines, defending all of us.

Donate now to make a difference for local first responders, as your generous donation will support our key programs aimed at mental, emotional, and physical well-being for our first responders and their families.  As we seek to distance ourselves from one another by staying home, canceling events and school, first responders are selflessly exposing themselves to danger and risk of exposure and contraction of COVID- 19, nobly going into harm’s way on our behalf.

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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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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

 


JAVELAN & First Responders Foundation Merger

JAVELAN & First Responders Foundation MergerThe First Responders Foundation is excited to announce the partnership and merger with JAVELAN. JAVELAN “Service Dogs for HEROES” provides funding, for service dog training, to first responders and veterans.

The program is unique, as when possible, the dogs are rescue dogs, and also the first responder/veteran helps to train the dog. This successful program is a great fit with the programing of the First Responders Foundation and the goal of helping first responders and their families.

For more information visit www.firstrespondersomaha.org/javelan/. To apply for a service dog or for more information about the application process please contact Javelan at info@javelan.org.


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.


2018 Awards of Excellence Recipients Announced

We are proud and excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Awards of Excellence, which go to high school seniors who are children of our First Responders and have demonstrated commitment to community.

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

Police Recipients

  • Izabela Gonzalez, Skutt Catholic High School
  • Kacie Shields, Millard West High School
  • Kayle Byrd, Bellevue West High School
  • Reed Fitzke, Fremont High School
  • Sierra Morris, Elkhorn South High School

 

Fire Recipients

  • Ashlyn Dippel, Fort Calhoun High School
  • Daniel Kirchofer, Creighton Preparatory
  • Delaney Doyle, Bellevue West High School
  • Holly Komenda, Raymond Central High School
  • Josie Andersen, Papillion La Vista High School

 

Recipients will receive their award at a celebration luncheon that is currently being scheduled. More details TBA.

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.


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.


First Responders Foundation Announces Retirement of President and Executive Director Ray Somberg and the Appointment of Major General Al Batschelet as President and CEO

The First Responders Foundation is formally announcing the retirement of co-founder and President and Executive Director Ray Somberg. Ray and longtime friend Jerry Hoberman founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2008 in an effort to enhance public safety and build community appreciation and respect for our first responders.

Under Ray’s leadership, the First Responders Foundation has donated more than 1.5 million dollars for much needed equipment and support for Omaha’s police and fire departments.

“The First Responders Foundation provides so much more than financial resources for our police and fire departments. It creates community pride, gratitude and public awareness of the risks police officers and firefighters take every day,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. “The Foundation started as a way to thank our first responders. Now it’s our turn to thank Ray for his lifelong dedication to Omaha and support of public safety.”

The foundation is pleased to announce that Major General Al Batschelet has agreed to accept the position vacated by Somberg and will take over executive responsibilities immediately.

“We are thrilled to welcome Al, who brings a wealth of strategic planning and organizational skills and whose life’s work and experience aligns with our mission,” said Jim Hanson, Jr., Chairman of the Board. “While it will be difficult to replace Ray, we believe that Al is the perfect fit to lead the foundation into the future.”

MG Batschelet had a 33-year career in the US Army and retired as a Major General. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in history and political science from Iowa State University and three military master degrees. Al has been a motivational leader, a creative thinker and consensus builder in organizations ranging in size from several hundred to over 100,000. Most recently, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base. There Al was directly responsible for the supervision of more than 4,000 military and civilian staff personnel in 10 operating units.

The First Responders Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners directly with Omaha’s police and fire departments and unions to provide meaningful resources and vital equipment and create programs and events that make a positive impact on the community.

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