HeroFundUSA - Darrell Smith
Support Our Heros
What would you do after a career of over three decades with the Muscular Dystrophy Association? Retire from a life of service and enjoy a much-needed break? While some downtime may be a top priority to most people, it was not what longtime Blue Springs resident Darrell Smith had in mind. Instead, he and two former MDA supporters decided to create HeroFundUSA, a fundraising organization with the mission to assist first-responders and their families in times of crisis, and to supply equipment to agencies in need throughout Missouri and Kansas, regardless of department size and locale. HeroFundUSA is focused on assisting all first-responders: firefighters, police officers, and EMS.
During 2017, HFUSA’s inaugural year, the organization financially assisted three area first-responder families during line-of-duty death and serious injury. They also work to provide funding for safety equipment such as bulletproof vests for police officers, infrared cameras, and GPS locators for firefighters. Safety equipment and newer technology resources like this can help prevent injuries and save the lives of those who serve our community.
Serving as the volunteer CEO and one of seven board members of this all-volunteer organization, Darrell enjoys meeting the many caring, compassionate citizens of Blue Springs in his ongoing effort to garner support for keeping first-responders safe. “We all have a moral responsibility to give back to those who risk their lives to keep us safe,” he says. “I donate my full-time efforts toward raising the funds needed to buy safety equipment for first-responders through HeroFundUSA, Inc.'s programs while also administering their local office operations in Blue Springs.” The organization sponsors events like the upcoming Bowling for Heroes on March 10 at Lunar Bowl. Teams will help raise funding for HeroFundUSA, and compete for the top prize of a dinner served by firefighters at a local fire station.