A few weeks back at FDIC in Indianapolis, Indiana, I had the opportunity to meet and have dinner two real-life heroes.
Merriam-Webster defines the word "Hero" as the following:a: a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
b: an illustrious warrior
c: a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities
d: one who shows great courage
The heroes I met were Tad Skylar Agoglia, Chairman and CEO of The First Response Team of America and Timothy Wolkowicz, one of The First Response Team of America skilled Team Members.
Tad Skylar Agoglia is the founder of The First Response Team of America, a nonprofit organization that provides immediate, emergency aid to areas hit by disasters. Since May 2007, the team has helped thousands of victims at numerous disaster sites across the United States.
Tad was selected as a Top Ten Hero in the 2008 CNN Heroes contest under the "Community Crusader" category. In 2010, Tad was awarded a Jefferson Award - the "Nobel Prize for community and public service," in the 35 and Under Category. Agoglia was also nominated as a finalist in GQ's 2010 " Better Man, Better World Search".
Tad's Story: http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/06/19/heroes.agoglia/Videos of Tad and his team: http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/06/19/heroes.agoglia/#cnnSTCVideo
What struck me about Tad was the fact that he was humble, genuine, grateful, sincere and selfless. He is a person that is in perfect line with his spirit.
Then I thought about what would happen if my home was in a direct line with a natural or man-made disaster. What would I do? Where would I go for help? How would I take care of my family? How scared I would be? How hopeless I would feel those first few hours or days?
Then I thought about how I would feel seeing the first sign of help. The feelings of gratitude I would have to see their faces and hear their voices. The tears of joy I would let out uncontrollably. Then I thought about what it would be like to be the individual that shows up at a person weakest, most vulnerable moment. How it would feel to help them and have the absolute certainty that I had everything necessary inside of me to be there for them at the moment they have lost almost if not everything in their lives. That is Tad Skylar Agoglia and his team.
I am writing this for the following reasons:
1. People need to know about Tad and The First Response Team of America
2. I want people to help The First Response Team of America in one or more of the following ways
a. Donate money or equipment to The First Response Team of America at http://firstresponseteam.org/donations/.
Tad's team can use both. His team is in need of the following equipment:
- Search and rescue suits and helmets
- Forcible entry tools
- Thermal imaging instruments
- Air monitoring instruments
- High sensitivity AC hot sticks
b. If you cannot help by donating money or equipment, that is okay. Share this email with everybody you know to create awareness. You might know someone that can help The First Response Team of America with either money or equipment.
If you have any questions or would like to contact Tad, you can reach him at:
If you would like to contact me, please feel free at the below contact information. I appreciate your help and all the best!
Michael B. Asimor
2400 East Main Street
Saint Charles, IL 60174