All Americans have a clear visual of the horrific events of September 11, 2001... the planes flying into the Twin Towers in New York City... people running OUT of buildings in a panic just trying to survive... Firefighters and Police Officers running INTO the towers with a sense of duty because this is what they do. 350 Firefighters and 60 Police personnel lost their lives that tragic day. Thousands were injured, many very seriously.
The events of September 11, 2001 and various local incidents, even though on a much smaller scale, call our attention to the importance of our First Responders. These brave men and women put their lives on the line for us 24/7/365….THEY NEVER CLOSE. After each publicized event, we are grateful for what our First Responders do for us. Then, as time passes and memories fade, we get back to our busy lives and TEND TO TAKE FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS FOR GRANTED.
The mission of the First Responders
Critical Support Foundation is as follows:
TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO OMAHA AREA “FIRST RESPONDERS” AND PROMOTE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR VALUE TO OUR CITIZENS AND COMMUNITY.
How will we accomplish our mission?
RAISE FUNDS for community programs and projects that will lead to the increased safety of Omaha citizens.
Create various activities to reinforce to every first responder and their families the APPRECIATION the community feels for the dedication they provide to our safety.
Increase AWARENESS in the Omaha Metropolitan Community and beyond regarding the daily value and impact of the vast services provided for our citizen by our First Responders.
A 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit organization has been established with the Internal Revenue Service so all donations to the First Responders Critical Support Foundation (Formerly known as Firefighter & Police Appreciation Foundation) are fully tax deductible.
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FOUNDATION INITIATES "THUMBS UP" APPRECIATION CAMPAIGN
To show appreciation for and support of our First Responders, the First Responders’ Critical Support Foundation has kicked off a "Thumbs Up" Campaign.