About First Responders Foundation
The mission of the First Responders Foundation is to serve and honor all our first responders and their families, build appreciation and respect for their work, and enhance public safety.
Our 2025 Vision:
- Lead the area in advocacy and community support for all first responders and their families.
- Critically support maintenance and enhancement of public safety in the Greater Omaha Area.
- Expand this support and advocacy regionally by 2025.
- Help realize Omaha’s 2040 strategy of “People, Place, Prosperity”.
The First Responders Foundation supports Law enforcement, Firefighters, Dispatchers, EMTs, Medical Personnel, and Veterans.
Programming includes behavioral health services, physical fitness programs and classes, chiropractic services, med management, and more, to serve and honor first responders and their families.
While the First Responders Foundation Headquarters is located in Omaha, Nebraska, first responders and their families across the United States are welcome to participate in programming and events. Programming is available in person or through telehealth, telefitness, and behavior health sessions via Zoom and other virtual technology.
The First Responders Foundation hosts community events that help fund programming, build appreciation for the work of first responders, and promote public safety. Popular annual events include the Guns & Hoses Boxing Event and the 9/11 Luncheon of Honor.
The First Responders Foundation is rooted in 9/11 remembrance. Co-founders Ray Somberg and Jerry Hoberman were reflecting on the first 9/11 on September 11, 2001, and how first responders often are taken for granted until tragedy strikes. The two men vowed to make a difference and started the First Responders Foundation in 2008. The Foundation is a social impact organization centered around appreciation and support for first responders and their families.
First Responders Foundation Staff
First Responders Foundation Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
President and CEO
Jim Hanson, Jr.