2022 represented the First Responders Foundation’s Sixth Annual 9/11 Event of Honor on Friday, September 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District
Each year at our 9/11 Luncheon of Honor we remember the first responders who lost their lives on 9/11/2001. Our 6th Annual Luncheon of Honor started with a Moment of Silence to honor them.
This year’s luncheon had a few surprises. Unfortunately, our keynote speaker Tim Burke tested positive for COVID and was unable to join us. Our keynote address was given by Justin Cooley, Captain with the Omaha Fire Department. Justin shared a very personal and moving account of losing his best friend by suicide. Justin now does all he can for suicide prevention and encourages anyone needing assistance to reach out for help. He thanked the First Responders Foundation for all the assistance and training that OFD has received and remarked on what a difference it has made. Justin is part of the First Responders Foundation Peer Support Team that teaches others how to be there for those in need. Click here for a video of Justin Cooley.
First Responders Foundation President Todd Sears gave a year-in-review report on how the Foundation has assisted first responders, veterans and their families. He also shared some of what is coming in the future for the Foundation including starting new chapters soon. Todd thanked everyone who helps the Foundation by volunteering and or financial gifts that make fulfilling our mission possible.
During the luncheon, Jim Cahill, Tim & Mary McAlpine, and Omaha Steaks/Todd Simon were inducted into the Ancient Order of the National Society of St. Florian and St. Michael. Al Batschelet, our CEO shared the ways each of them went above and beyond in support of First Responders, Veterans, and the Foundation. Our sincere thanks and congratulation to our 2022 recipients.
Another huge surprise was a $20,000 donation from Corwin Toyota of Bellevue and GM Francis Borts. Summit Media-Omaha promoted the luncheon for us on all of their radio stations. Summit Media-Omaha partners with Corwin Toyota of Bellevue with #Corwincares, a program that supports organizations that support first responders, veterans and the community. Thank you Corwin Toyota of Bellevue and Summit Media-Omaha.
Special thanks to Josh from Josh Shandera Photography for the amazing photos. See more photos from the luncheon in a Facebook Album coming soon.
If you were unable to attend the luncheon but would still like to donate Click Here. Your donation will help us provide Suicide Prevention & Resiliency Training and much more.
Thanks to all who came to the luncheon and thank you to our luncheon Sponsors.