Hero of the Month – September 2018

Agent Duane Tedesco – U.S. Customs and Border Protection

On August 22, 2018 U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent Duane Tedesco, who is a pilot assigned to the Air and Marine Operations Division, was conducting a surveillance mission during the night hours. The Copilot was in the back of the aircraft conducting surveillance when the aircraft experienced total engine failure. Agent Tedesco immediate declared an emergency and told his Copilot to strap in the back seat. Agent Tedesco contacted the Air Traffic Controller and requested the coordinates for the nearest airport.

Agent Tedesco attempted to glide the plane with no engine to Pittsfield Municipal Airport, however, after gliding approximately seven miles he informed the Copilot to brace for impact. Unfortunately, with no engine and additional modifications for surveillance the plane could not reach the airport. Agent Tedesco knew he was going to crash. Agent Tedesco only had his flight instruments to tell his speed, direction and distance as the plane plunged into the dark of the night. At approximately 100 feet Agent Tedesco observed a row of massive trees. In an attempt to save their lives, Agent Tedesco aggressively adjusted the plane’s flaps causing the plane to gain just enough elevation to miss the trees and crash in a clearing.

Agent Tedesco has dedicated his life to the service of our country. Agent Tedesco served as a Police Officer for the City of Waterbury, CT. Agent Tedesco was selected for a special position as a Community Police Office and advanced to the position of Sergeant. After 10 years of Police service, Agent Tedesco continued to service with U.S. Customs and Border Protection as a pilot flying missions for Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.

The Copilot credits their survival to Agent Tedesco’s actions under extreme conditions and believes if not for Agent Tedesco’s elite skills they would have both died that night. Agent Tedesco and the Copilot had to be rescued by boat and ATV after crashing in a rugged forest. Agent Tedesco suffered severe eye and facial injuries. Agent Tedesco was airlifted to Boston for emergency eye surgery. The surgeon informed Agent Tedesco that he will need at least five surgeries over the next year and will never have normal vision.

Agent Tedesco has a wife and two young children. Agent Tedesco is the sole provider for his family and this tragic accident will directly impact his family emotionally and financially. Agent Tedesco is stationed in Peru New York and his wife will have to transport him frequently to Boston over the next year for medical treatment. This accident has also negatively affected Agent Tedesco’s future retirement earnings as he planned to continue to support his family as a pilot after his service was completed.

Agent Tedesco and his family are in need of our moral, spiritual and financial support.  Any donation, large or small, would be greatly appreciated.

Donation Options

  • Send check by mail to: Our Heroes Fund PO Box 270477 West Hartford, CT 06127 (100% of donation goes to Agent Tedesco’s family. Please write “Agent Tedesco Donation” on the memo line)
  • Our Heroes Fund PayPal (2.75% of donation retained by PayPal. Please write “Agent Tedesco Donation” in the comments.)

Hero of the Month – May 2018

Trooper Kevin Miller – CT State Police

On 03/29/2018 at approximately 12:30pm Trooper Kevin Miller was killed in a motor vehicle crash on eastbound I-84 in Tolland. His patrol car collided with the back of a tractor-trailer that was traveling slower than other traffic in the right lane of the interstate. Trooper Miller was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Connecticut State Police for 19 years and was assigned to Troop C. He is survived by two children. Trooper Miller leaves a legacy of sacrifice, service and dedication.  He served his country, his state, his town and most importantly, his family and friends.  We lost a father, a brother, a son, a Trooper and most of all a loving caring man.

Trooper Miller’s family is in need of our moral, spiritual and financial support.  Any donation, large or small, would be greatly appreciated.

Donation Options

  • Send check by mail to: Our Heroes Fund PO Box 270477 West Hartford, CT 06127 (100% of donation goes to Trooper Miller’s family. Please write “Trooper Kevin Miller” on the memo line)
  • Our Heroes Fund PayPal (2.75% of donation retained by PayPal. Please write “Trooper Kevin Miller” in the comments.)

Hero of the Month – January 2018

Hamilton K. – 3/75th Army Rangers

To all the CSC Family: As many of you know, the 3/75th Army Rangers come every year and compete in the CSC. Well they need our help. Their team leader, Hamilton K. was serving valiantly in Afghanistan on his 15th combat deployment with his fellow Rangers, representing all that is great about the American Warrior, when he was shot in the arm with a 7.62 rifle round. His arm shattered, Hamilton still somehow managed to board an evac helicopter and walk off it once it landed at …an Army hospital. He has since been flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to rebuild his arm. One surgery down and more to follow, we want to raise funds to help him and his family as they embark on a grueling recovery. One dollar or one hundred dollars, it doesn’t matter, just please donate.

Donation Options

  • Send check by mail to: Our Heroes Fund PO Box 270477 West Hartford, CT 06127 (100% of donation goes to Hamilton’s family. Please write “Hamilton K.” on the memo line)
  • Our Heroes Fund PayPal (2.75% of donation retained by PayPal. Please write “Hamilton K. Donation” in the comments.)

About Our “Hero of the Month” Program

Our Heroes Fund is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, created and run by a board of directors comprised of three service-connected disabled veterans, that aims to promote activities that assist in the health, welfare and operational capabilities of first responders by providing educational and training activities that improve professional proficiencies while advancing and honoring the service and sacrifice of first responders.  We can directly affect these heroes by raising funds through the heartfelt contributions of generous donors like you from across the globe.  The HERO OF THE MONTH is an opportunity for all of you to either nominate a worth recipient, or donate to that hero.  The Hero selected will embody every trait we have come to expect from the men and women who serve and protect this great nation.  Through no fault of their own, they made a sacrifice, often the ultimate sacrifice, or are experiencing a life threatening medical situation, and it is our goal at Our Heroes Fund, to make sure we help as many of them as we can.  We owe that to them.

Our Board will review all the nominees and select a Hero of the Month every month.  The Hero of the Month will then receive 100% of all funds donated and raised for them, directly to them, through Our Heroes Fund.  All a donor has to do is check the box that indicates they want to donate directly to the Hero of the Month. Donations made using a check will be 100% given to the Hero of the Month.  Donations using PayPal will result in a 2.75% charge from them, with the remaining 97.5% going directly to the Hero of the Month. It is our mission to make sure that every dollar donated to a Hero, goes to that Hero.  All donations are tax deductible.  Help us help the heroes that have given this country their all. If we don’t, who will?

To Nominate a Hero of the Month click here.