Sioux Falls South Dakota Chapter

First Responders Foundation Sioux Falls, SD Chapter

The mission of the First Responders Foundation Sioux Falls, SD Chapter is to serve and honor all our First Responders, Veterans, and their families, build appreciation and respect for their work, and enhance public safety.

The Sioux Falls Chapter is an extension of the First Responders Foundation. The Chapter is led by local community members who are best equipped to address the needs of first responders in the Sioux Falls area. Funds raised here stay in Sioux Falls and are used to further our mission. The Chapter partners directly with Sioux Falls first responders and citizens to provide what is needed for local first responders and our community.

The Sioux Falls, SD Chapter Supports

The Chapter will focus on and provide assistance to the first responders and their families within the City of Sioux Falls jurisdiction.
• Sioux Falls Police
• Sioux Falls Fire Rescue
• Metro Communication Dispatch
• Minnehaha County Sherriff Office
• South Dakota Highway Patrol Sioux Falls District

We are committed to…

  • Preserving life, and enhancing the quality of life.
  • An environment that encourages problem solving, by both ourselves and the community.
  • Being responsible for our actions and taking ownership of our work.
  • Our community, our profession, and to each other.
  • Educating ourselves and our community about the causes, resolution and prevention of crime and disorder.
  • Human dignity and the worth of all individuals.


The current 3-year plan will contain the primary focus of fundraising into the following:

  • Resilience funding
    Wellness areas that can provide assistance for the first responder and their family.
    Assistance for working conditions to better supply stress release items for first
  • Line of Duty Death
    At a time if an active line of duty death would occur.
    Within five days of the death a donation will be made to the family.
    Our goal will be to set aside $50,000.00 in the P&L by the end of 2025.
  • Advocation
    Public relations to continue show our first responders in a positive manner.
    Through events for the first responders and their families.
  • K-9 Funding
    Assistance in any or all K-9 funding to include the following.
    Working police/fire K-9 officers
    Therapy k-9 assistance
  • Innovation
    This area of funding can include equipment needs, technology and employee training.

We Accomplish Our Mission By:

  • Recognizing and showing support for first responders, and encouraging respect and appreciation from the public.
  • Supporting first responders, veterans, and their families in handling job-related stress, trauma, and unique health challenges through programs, classes, events, and activities.
  • Creating and supporting unique programs and events designed to educate, inform and inspire the community and enhance public safety.

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Matt Burns

Vice Chairman
Travis Thom

Garth Caselli

Jason Schiebout

Board Members
Jim Hansen
Outreach Coordinator, Sandhills Global

Doug Peterson
Attorney, Keating O’Gara law firm

Mike Rezac
Owner, Rezac Construction

Mark Whitehead
President, U-Stop and Whitehead Oil Company

Jenifer Holloway
Attorney, Nelnet

Suzanne Geist
Former State Senator

Captain Max Hubka
Lincoln Police Department

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Giving HeartHelp us support the people we turn to in our greatest times of need. Your gift to the First Responders Foundation – Lincoln, NE will help us fulfill our mission. Thank you for your support.

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Together we can make Sioux Falls, SD a safer, better community.

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Supporting first responders makes Sioux Falls, South Dakota a better, safer place for all.

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