Hero of the Month – October 2021 – Feb 2022 Update below!

Officer James O’Donnell – Farmington Police Department

Officer James O’Donnell’s was investigating a suspicious vehicle. He attempted to box the vehicle in and as he did the suspect vehicle accelerated, pinning his lower body between the drivers door of the suspect vehicle and the driver’s side of his police cruiser. As the suspect fled, Officer O’Donnell remained crushed between the vehicles and was dragged along the side of both vehicles causing him serious physical injury. Officer O’Donnell’s road to recovery will be long and arduous and as such will keep him out of work and in need of assistance for him, his wife and two small children. His recovery is expected to take over a year and many, many hours of physical therapy.

When heroes like Officer O’Donnell risk everything to keep us safe and need help, we ask all of you to show him and all like him we care and we will help. Please know that 100% of your donation will go to him. Please follow the link below to donate. We thank you and God bless all of our first responders and military.

Donation Options

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

       2/3/22 UPDATE!!

We are so happy to have been able to help out Officer O’Donnell when he needed it the most. The events of that day were terrifying. We are thankful he is on the mend. God bless our first responders. We recognize your sacrifice and that of your families.

      10/29/21 UPDATE!!

Our Hero’s Fund just gave James his first check for $14,000 to help his family during this difficult time.
From James “Exceptionally grateful for all the donors and supporters. He said it again reminds him how strong the Thin Blue Line is and how the public does support its LEO. He wanted to thank everyone who donated and who has helped him through this difficult time.”
Please continue to spread the story. Let’s get the donations over 20K!

Hero of the Month – February 2020

JT Huber – Simsbury Fire Department

On October 2nd 2019, 13 people, including Simsbury Firefighter of 15 years, JT Huber, were on board a vintage B-17 Flying Fortress out of Bradley International Airport. Shortly after takeoff, engine #4 failed and the plane began to descend rapidly. The plane hit the approach lights at the airfield and then crashed, killing 7 and injuring 6, including JT. In the aftermath of the crash, JT was severely injured yet managed to crawl to the plane door, roll out onto the airfield and escape the inferno engulfing the B-17. J.T. `s clothes were on fire and with the help of another passenger who had escaped they were able to tear off his clothes and put JT out. JT escaped with his life , but in doing so he broke his back in 5 places, broke 2 ribs and had burns on 48% of his body. He was rushed to the Bridgeport Burn Unit and ICU, where he stayed for 2 months recovering. JT was released on Dec 18th and sent home to Simsbury where he will deal with the effects of this horrible accident for the rest of his life. JT has served with distinction for 15 years in the Simsbury Fire Department where he provides his expertise and time to his community trying to make sure everyone else is out of harm’s way during times of crisis. JT epitomizes what we here at Our Heroes Fund want to support and help: Heroes who need our help after helping us for most of their careers and lives. We ask that whether it be 1$ or 1000$, please donate to our Hero Of The Month JT Huber.

Donation Options

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

Hero of the Month – October 2019

Corporal Christopher Rich – New Shoreham Police Department

On 9/18/2018 Corporal Christopher Rich of the New Shoreham Police Department was dispatched to a male acting crazy. The suspect was screaming uncontrollably and incoherently. Corporal Rich and another officer followed the subject into a room, where he puts his roommate in a headlock. Police were able to separate the two but the subject became extremely agitated and a physical confrontation occurred. The subject was soaked in sweat and during the fight Corporal Rich’s hand slipped off him and into a frameless mirror. Corporal Rich noticed blood pouring out of deep cuts from his hand and with numbness, his right arm and hand became useless. Corporal Rich continued to fight despite this catastrophic injury. The subject was eventually placed in handcuffs and he was able to wrap his hand and apply a tourniquet to stop the profuse bleeding.

Corporal Rich suffered a life changing and likely career ending injury. He has had surgery and physical therapy to help regain function in his hand and more surgeries are planned. He has suffered major setbacks in his personal life and his financial stability is in jeopardy.

Corporal Rich 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 Corporal Rich. Please write “Christopher Rich Donation” on the memo line)
  • Our Heroes Fund PayPal (2.75% of donation retained by PayPal. Please write “Christopher Rich 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.