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Minnesota's First Responders to be Honored for their Sacrifice at September 11th Ceremony and Golf Tournament

The Front Line Foundation aims to raise gratitude and funds to support first responders and their families


August 18, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (August 17, 2020 ) – The Front Line Foundation announced today plans for its annual golf tournament and a ceremony remembering the first responders that made the ultimate sacrifice this year. This year’s tournament will be held on Friday, September 11 at Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, MN.

Founded in late 2018 The Front Line Foundation was formed to support, National Guard, Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and EMT first responders across Minnesota to grant financial support to families of first responders who have died in the line of duty. The Foundation’s mission is to bridge the gap between the death and benefits being paid, which can help families with ongoing expenses. The Foundation also provides support in the purchase of tactical equipment for first responders which isn’t included in department budgets.

“This has not been an easy year for many of us, but it is still important that we pay a debt of gratitude to those who have lost their lives protecting us,” said Brent Rohlik, Front Line Foundation Co-Founder and Board Member. “There will obviously be some changes in how we do things, but our purpose remains the same.”

At the tournament, The Front Line Foundation will honor individuals who sacrificed of themselves in the line of duty at a pre-tournament ceremony.

This year’s Front Line Foundation Heroes are, Charles Nord, Kort Plantenberg, James Rogers, and Darryl Drusch. And the Front Line Foundation’s Beyond the Call of Duty recipients include, Curt Boesl, Steven Boesl, and Arik Matson.

“I can’t think of a better day to honor these heroes than on September 11,” said Rohlik. “This is a day that has gone hand-in-hand with recognizing the courage, strength and commitment our first responders show us every day.”

Cyrea Lynch, Front Line Foundation Director of Events said that it is more important than ever to come together and salute first responders.

“This whole day is about supporting the people who gave everything to protect us,” said Lynch. “It is a different year and during these times it is our first responders who have gone above and beyond to ensure we are safe. Its only right that we take a day to give back to them the best we can.”

The annual golf tournament on September 11 is a good time to pause and honor the thousands of first responders who make the safety of the public their top priority.

“Our focus this year is gratitude,” said Rohlik. “Gratitude for service and for sacrifice. We hope this tournament is a source for inspiration and continued support of our first responders.”

The Front Line Foundation 9.11 Ceremony At-A-Glance:

When: Friday, September 11 at 10:15am, a remembrance ceremony featuring honor guards, a presentation of colors, the National Anthem, and a wreath ceremony in honor of the fallen and remarks from stakeholders. Golf begins at noon with a shotgun start.

Where: Royal Golf Club, 11455 20th St N., Lake Elmo, MN 55042 – outside on front lawn near clubhouse

Why: To support first responders and their families.


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