2019 Inductees to the Ancient Society of Saints Florian and Michael

2019 Ancient Society Inductees

Mike FaheyMike Fahey

The First Responders Foundation is proud to honor Mike Fahey by inducting him into the Ancient Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael Society.

Saint Michael, the protector is the patron saint of police and Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters. The First Responders Foundation recognizes Mayor Stothert for supporting first responders and the First Responders Foundation.

Michael G. Fahey served as mayor of Omaha from 2001 to 2009. He is from Kansas City, Missouri but found his way to Creighton University where he earned a bachelor of arts in 1973. He founded American Land and Title Co., now part of Wells Fargo, Norwest Corporation. He has served on the boards of numerous business organizations and community improvement organizations. He is currently on the Board of Directors of First Responders Foundation and the Board of Trustees of Creighton Preparatory High School.

Robert NelsonRobert Nelson

The First Responders Foundation is proud to honor Robert Nelson by inducting him into the Ancient Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael Society.

Saint Michael, the protector is the patron saint of police and Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters. The First Responders Foundation recognizes Robert Nelson for supporting first responders and the First Responders Foundation.

Bob Nelson is founder and principal of Nelson/Murphy Insurance and Investments in Omaha. A native of Omaha, Bob served four years active duty and another 19 in the Navy Reserves, retiring as a captain. He served on the First Responders Foundation board for six years, during which time he organized the Awards of Excellence which provides $500 to high school seniors who are children of first responders. He is currently working on building the First Responders Foundation Boosters.

Charles SederstromCharles Sederstrom

The First Responders Foundation is proud to honor Charles Sederstrom by inducting him into the Ancient Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael Society.

Saint Michael, the protector is the patron saint of police and Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters.  The First Responders Foundation recognizes Charles Sederstrom for supporting first responders and the First Responders Foundation.

Charles was born in Deadwood, South Dakota; attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota. He began practicing law in Omaha in 1968 with Donald Erickson and subsequently began the law firm of Erickson | Sederstrom. He has dedicated his career to Corporate Law with a particular reference on Health Law and to serving our community for over fifty years. He is a member and leader in the Autism Center of Nebraska, Scottish Rite, Burgess Health, West Health Institute and Omaha Northwest Rotary Club. Chuck served as Chairman of the First Responders’ from 2013 to 2106 and remains on the Board of Directors.

Mayor Jean StothertMayor Jean Stothert

The First Responders Foundation is proud to honor Mayor Jean Stothert by inducting her into the Ancient Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael Society.

Saint Michael, the protector is the patron saint of police and Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters.  The First Responders Foundation recognizes Mayor Stothert for supporting first responders and the First Responders Foundation.

Jean Stothert is the 51st mayor of Omaha and the first women to be so elected. She grew up near St. Louis and received a degree in nursing from Seattle Pacific University. She worked as a critical care nurse and then as head nurse of the department of cardiovascular surgery at St. Louis University. After moving to Omaha in 1993, she served on the Millard Board of Education and the Omaha City Council. She is now in her second term as Mayor. Mayor Stothert’s first priority is public safety. The number of police officers has reached the record high of 902, the fifth police precinct opens this month and the fire department will break ground next year on a new fire station. She has authorized the replacement and addition of equipment for both the police and fire departments to protect our first responders and the citizens of Omaha.

Secretary Chuck HagelSecretary Chuck Hagel

The First Responders Foundation is proud to honor Secretary Chuck Hagel by inducting him into the Ancient Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael Society.

Secretary Chuck Hagel was be the keynote speaker at the First Responders Foundation Third Annual 9/11 Luncheon of Honor on September 11, 2019.

Chuck Hagel was the 24th Secretary of Defense, serving from February 2013 to February 2015. He is the only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense.

Some of Sec. Hagel’s recent commitments include service on the Board of Trustees of RAND; Advisory Board of Corsair Capital; Senior Advisor to GALLUP and to the McCarthy Group; Centennial Scholar, Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service; Distinguished Scholar, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Distinguished Statesman at the Atlantic Council; Board of Directors of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Director and Founding Member of the American Security Project; and Advisory Board Chairman of the HillVets Veterans Organization.

Hagel served two terms in the United States Senate (1997-2009) representing the state of Nebraska. Hagel was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Intelligence Committees. He Chaired the Foreign Relations International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee; and the Banking Committee’s International Trade and Finance, and Securities Subcommittees. Hagel also served as the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group.

Previously, Secretary Hagel was a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University, Co- Chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, Chairman of the Atlantic Council. He served as a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board, Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of Nuclear Power, Systemic Risk Council Board of Directors; and as a member of the Board of Directors of Chevron.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Hagel was president of McCarthy & Company, an investment banking firm in Omaha, Nebraska. In the mid-1980’s, Hagel co-founded VANGUARD Cellular Systems, Inc., a publicly traded corporation. He was President and CEO of the World USO, Private Sector Council (PSC), and Chief Operating Officer of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (G-7 Summit). Hagel also served as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration under President Ronald Reagan and Deputy Commissioner General of the 1982 World’s Fair.

He is the author of the book, America: Our Next Chapter and was the subject of a 2018 book by General Daniel Bolger entitled, Our Year of War, and a 2006 book by Charlyne Berens entitled, Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, have a daughter (Allyn) and son (Ziller).

(As of April 2019)

2019 Inductees to the Ancient Society of Saints Florian and Michael

Mike FaheyMike Fahey

The First Responders Foundation is proud to honor Mike Fahey by inducting him into the Ancient Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael Society.

Saint Michael, the protector is the patron saint of police and Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters. The First Responders Foundation recognizes Mayor Stothert for supporting first responders and the First Responders Foundation.

Michael G. Fahey served as mayor of Omaha from 2001 to 2009. He is from Kansas City, Missouri but found his way to Creighton University where he earned a bachelor of arts in 1973. He founded American Land and Title Co., now part of Wells Fargo, Norwest Corporation. He has served on the boards of numerous business organizations and community improvement organizations. He is currently on the Board of Directors of First Responders Foundation and the Board of Trustees of Creighton Preparatory High School.

Robert NelsonRobert Nelson

The First Responders Foundation is proud to honor Robert Nelson by inducting him into the Ancient Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael Society.

Saint Michael, the protector is the patron saint of police and Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters. The First Responders Foundation recognizes Robert Nelson for supporting first responders and the First Responders Foundation.

Bob Nelson is founder and principal of Nelson/Murphy Insurance and Investments in Omaha. A native of Omaha, Bob served four years active duty and another 19 in the Navy Reserves, retiring as a captain. He served on the First Responders Foundation board for six years, during which time he organized the Awards of Excellence which provides $500 to high school seniors who are children of first responders. He is currently working on building the First Responders Foundation Boosters.

Charles SederstromCharles Sederstrom

The First Responders Foundation is proud to honor Charles Sederstrom by inducting him into the Ancient Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael Society.

Saint Michael, the protector is the patron saint of police and Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters.  The First Responders Foundation recognizes Charles Sederstrom for supporting first responders and the First Responders Foundation.

Charles was born in Deadwood, South Dakota; attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota. He began practicing law in Omaha in 1968 with Donald Erickson and subsequently began the law firm of Erickson | Sederstrom. He has dedicated his career to Corporate Law with a particular reference on Health Law and to serving our community for over fifty years. He is a member and leader in the Autism Center of Nebraska, Scottish Rite, Burgess Health, West Health Institute and Omaha Northwest Rotary Club. Chuck served as Chairman of the First Responders’ from 2013 to 2106 and remains on the Board of Directors.

Mayor Jean StothertMayor Jean Stothert

The First Responders Foundation is proud to honor Mayor Jean Stothert by inducting her into the Ancient Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael Society.

Saint Michael, the protector is the patron saint of police and Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters.  The First Responders Foundation recognizes Mayor Stothert for supporting first responders and the First Responders Foundation.

Jean Stothert is the 51st mayor of Omaha and the first women to be so elected. She grew up near St. Louis and received a degree in nursing from Seattle Pacific University. She worked as a critical care nurse and then as head nurse of the department of cardiovascular surgery at St. Louis University. After moving to Omaha in 1993, she served on the Millard Board of Education and the Omaha City Council. She is now in her second term as Mayor. Mayor Stothert's first priority is public safety. The number of police officers has reached the record high of 902, the fifth police precinct opens this month and the fire department will break ground next year on a new fire station. She has authorized the replacement and addition of equipment for both the police and fire departments to protect our first responders and the citizens of Omaha.

Secretary Chuck HagelSecretary Chuck Hagel

The First Responders Foundation is proud to honor Secretary Chuck Hagel by inducting him into the Ancient Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael Society.

Secretary Chuck Hagel was be the keynote speaker at the First Responders Foundation Third Annual 9/11 Luncheon of Honor on September 11, 2019.

Chuck Hagel was the 24th Secretary of Defense, serving from February 2013 to February 2015. He is the only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense.

Some of Sec. Hagel’s recent commitments include service on the Board of Trustees of RAND; Advisory Board of Corsair Capital; Senior Advisor to GALLUP and to the McCarthy Group; Centennial Scholar, Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service; Distinguished Scholar, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Distinguished Statesman at the Atlantic Council; Board of Directors of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Director and Founding Member of the American Security Project; and Advisory Board Chairman of the HillVets Veterans Organization.

Hagel served two terms in the United States Senate (1997-2009) representing the state of Nebraska. Hagel was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Intelligence Committees. He Chaired the Foreign Relations International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee; and the Banking Committee’s International Trade and Finance, and Securities Subcommittees. Hagel also served as the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group.

Previously, Secretary Hagel was a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University, Co- Chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, Chairman of the Atlantic Council. He served as a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board, Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of Nuclear Power, Systemic Risk Council Board of Directors; and as a member of the Board of Directors of Chevron.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Hagel was president of McCarthy & Company, an investment banking firm in Omaha, Nebraska. In the mid-1980’s, Hagel co-founded VANGUARD Cellular Systems, Inc., a publicly traded corporation. He was President and CEO of the World USO, Private Sector Council (PSC), and Chief Operating Officer of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (G-7 Summit). Hagel also served as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration under President Ronald Reagan and Deputy Commissioner General of the 1982 World’s Fair.

He is the author of the book, America: Our Next Chapter and was the subject of a 2018 book by General Daniel Bolger entitled, Our Year of War, and a 2006 book by Charlyne Berens entitled, Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, have a daughter (Allyn) and son (Ziller).

(As of April 2019)

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