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2019 Hero Fund America Grants Awarded

Hero Fund America would like to congratulate the following three departments who have been chosen as 2019 Hero Fund grant recipients, administered by the Oneida Herkimer Community Foundation in Utica, New York. The Otter Lake Fire Department in Otter Lake, NY – to purchase UTV wild land firefighting equipment, the Newberry Fire Department, Newberry, Fl – funds will assist with advanced EMS training, fire operations & tactical training, driver engineer training & fire officer basic & advanced training, and the South Minden Fire Department in Fort Plain, NY – their grant will assist with the purchase of communication equipment & reflective gear. Thank you to all of the applicants and to this years award recipients!

HFA is in Niagara Falls

We are delighted to be included in the Niagara Falls Leadership Summit & Vendor Expo, presented by the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York October 3-5, 2019. A personal thank you to Cathy DeLuca, Program /Education Coordinator for facilitating our participation at this extraordinary event! For more information about the AFDSNY, visit the AFDSNY website.

2019 HFA Grant Round now open through 9/13/19!

All qualified organizations will be asked to complete a simple grant intake form. Forms will be accepted until 9/13/2019 – our friends at the Community Foundation of Oneida & Herkimer Counties will review all submissions following that date and determine the funding recipients for this year. All departments may apply.

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Beekman 1802 Gold Sponsorship!

We want to thank our friends at Beekman 1802 for becoming our first official Gold Sponsors for the 6th annual Run 4 the Hills for First Responders! Your support is greatly appreciated! Visit Beekman 1802 on Main Street in Sharon Springs, NY.

HFA Welcomes Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth as returning corporate sponsors!

2019 is Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth’s 2nd year as a lead sponsor for Hero Fund America and we are excited to continue our partnership! The work of first responders is imperative to our mission of keeping children safe in their home communities. Berkshire provides preventative and foster care programming for children and families across New York state. Hero Fund America’s dedication to providing grants for training and equipment to first responders is an essential part of creating a safe and better future for our youth and families. First Responders and Foster Parents are the heroes who make our missions possible. Thank you for your sponsorship!

6th annual Run 4 the Hills for First Responders, May 4, 2019

If you haven’t experienced it yet, our annual signature event will lift your spirits, elevate your heart rate, and remind you why supporting Hero Fund America is so important! Online registration is open. This year we are offering a $1,000 cash prize for each first place finishing team competing in Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement (along with trophies), individual ribbons in each division (1st, 2nd & 3rd place) and a pair of New Balance sneakers to the first male & female finisher with an open drawing for the third! All wrapped up with a post-race party behind the American Hotel in Sharon Springs that you will never forget. Don’t want to participate but interested in sponsorships? Email: for more information!

Run 4 the Hills 2019 poster