Steve Bender founded the foundation in 2013 to help fill the gap in assistance to our homefront heros, the first responders. Steve is a Persian Gulf, Air Force veteran as well as a 29 year volunteer firefighter and has always had a passion for helping others.
The mission of the foundation is to raise awareness of the critical roles first responders play in their communities and the unique challenges they face as a result of these roles.
Through this heightened awareness the foundation seeks to connect first responders to each other and to their communities in supportive and affirming partnerships.
All donations are tax deductible. Please consider donating to the foundation today to help ensure we can continue our service to the first responders.
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The Run 2 Respond relay is a multi state relay that participants take part in carrying a baton day and night, starting August 4th, 2018.
Visit the Run 2 Respond web site for more information.
Steve Bender has committed to complete a full marathon in each of the 50 states in full fire gear in order to spread the foundation's message. 343.run will allow everyone to track the progress and participate as well. Launching in 2018.
The Foundation has participated in many events from 5K races up to full marathons. If you would like one of our members to join your event please contact us. We would love to share our mission with you!
Steve is the founder of the Firefighter Five Foundation. You can find Steve running all across the country promoting first responder health.
Michael is the foundations first trustee. Michael also has a long history in the fire service and helps the foundation with media promotion and logistics.
Brandy joined the foundation shortly after Michael. Brandy keeps the foundation records in order and assists in every aspect behind the scenes.
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