The First Responders Foundation has been very, very busy this year! We have lots of people who have volunteered their time to make sure that these events go on without a hitch! We have four events in thirty days coming up, all created to bring you fun and entertainment and to raise awareness and funds for our police and fire departments in Omaha.
9/11 Minute of Silence
The first event coming up is the 9/11 Minute of Silence. The event was planned in 2014 when one of our members saw a video of Warsaw Poland. The residents stop wherever they and whatever they are doing to observe a minute of silence to show respect and to remember the 200,000 lives lost to the Nazis. Our board believed that if we didn’t do something to commemorate Sept 11, 2001, that the lives lost that fatal day would eventually be forgotten. This was the birth of the Minute of Silence, now an event held every Sept. 11th at 9:11am. The official ceremony takes place at Memorial Park in Omaha.
This year marks our 1st Annual Golf Tournament on Monday Sept. 14th. This tournament is usually held in July but has been rescheduled several times due to rainy conditions. Even though rescheduling it has made our busiest time of the year even busier, raising money to support our first responders is very important to us and we will do what we need to do in order to make this a success in their honor.
9/11 Memorial Benefit
Following closely after the Minute of Silence on Sept. 17th is the 9/11 Memorial Benefit. This fun-filled event is to honor the men and women of the Omaha Police Department and Omaha Fire Department. It is held at the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn. There are numerous silent and live auction items, and it’s a great way to have fun, meet our first responders and help raise funds for the foundation so that we can continue to support our police and fire departments.
Our event on October 3rd is a combined effort of the Boy and Girl Scouts, OPD, OFD, and the First Responders Foundation. This event allows boy and girl scouts to gain their crime prevention badges by doing different activities with police officers. There are also many hands-on activities, live bomb demonstrations, rappelling off of building demos and all the latest and greatest vehicles and tools employed by police and fire to keep us safe. This event is free to the public.
So there you have it, four events in thirty days! We hope we have piqued your curiosity enough to come out and join us at some of our events. These events take a lot of preparation so we want to recognize the efforts of our board and our volunteers. Because of their hard work, we can bring you these great events that continue to support our police and fire departments.