Our first Hero of the Month is former Minneapolis Captain and Bloomington Firefighter Brad Larson. Jake worked with Brad on Minneapolis rigs and Brad mentored Jake early on in his career.
Firefighters for Healing Founder Jake LaFerriere was named one of the first GIVE16 Award Recipients at an event on August 28, 2019. The gathering organized by Jason and Carly Zucker and sponsored by 3M Open was an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate 16 individuals, organizations, teams or nonprofits who are making a clear and measurable impact, investing time and resources and inspiring others.
Firefighters For Healing nominated Mary Soligny for Minneapolis St Paul Magazine’s 8th annual Outstanding Nurses Awards that honors exemplary nurses who perform with skill and leadership. There were 285 nominations from a variety of entities that showcased the tremendous talent in the Twin Cities nursing and health care community. Nominations were judged by a panel of nurses working in the field and Mary was named one of just 80 finalists. The awards ceremony will be held in August and the winners will be profiled in the December 2019 issue of Mpls. St.Paul Magazine.
Firefighters for Healing and Sherman Associates Development LLC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the future construction of the Firefighters For Healing Transitional Healing Center. This one-of-a-kind housing will be located just one block away from Hennepin Healthcare's burn unit and outpatient clinic and will support burn and trauma survivors, Firefighters and their families. These 'home-away-from-home' apartments will provide a close and comfortable place for families and survivors to rest, recharge and recover.
Kraus-Anderson and Firefighters for Healing officially signed an 18 month lease extension through 2021 for three apartment units for the families of firefighters and burn trauma survivors who wish to stay close to Hennepin Healthcare. Since the service started in 2018, families have reported the healing effects a home like environment provides as they navigate their recovery process.