The Firefighter Five Foundation is a veteran founded foundation focussing on our first responders well being.

Steve Bender founded the foundation in 2013 to help fill the gap in assistance to our homefront heros, the first responders. Steve is a Persian Gulf, Air Force veteran as well as a 29 year volunteer firefighter and has always had a passion for helping others.

Helping our first responders one step at a time.

The mission of the foundation is to raise awareness of the critical roles first responders play in their communities and the unique challenges they face as a result of these roles.

Through this heightened awareness the foundation seeks to connect first responders to each other and to their communities in supportive and affirming partnerships.

The Firefighter Five Foundation is a Delaware 501(c)3 non profit corporation organized in 2013.

All donations are tax deductible. Please consider donating to the foundation today to help ensure we can continue our service to the first responders.

IRS 501(c)3 EIN 46-2480743


Run 2 Respond

The Run 2 Respond relay is a multi state relay that participants take part in carrying a baton day and night.
Visit the Run 2 Respond web site today for more information.


Steve Bender has committed to complete a full marathon in each of the 50 states in full fire gear. Follow along as we run on the website


The Foundation has participated in many events up to ultra marathons. Contact us if you would like one of our members to join your event. We would love to share our mission with you!

Professional Speaking

PTSI Testimony
Harrisburgh, PA
PA State House of Representatives

Good Day Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
FOX29 Studios

Media and news coverage

Millinocket Marathon
Millinocket, ME
ABC7 Andrew Badillo

Philadelphia Marathon
Philadelphia, PA
CBS3 Todd Quinones

Coffee Milk Marathon
North Kingstown, RI
WPRI Jacqui Gomersall

Print and Magazine coverage

This Is the Guy Who Ran the Philadelphia Marathon in Head-to-Toe Fireman’s Gear
Emily Leaman - 11/23/2015

Philly’s 10 Most Inspiring Health and Fitness Moments of 2015
Emily Leaman - 12/29/2015

Why This Guy Is Running the 39.3-Mile Philadelphia Marathon Rocky Challenge in Head-to-Toe Fireman’s Gear
Adjua Fisher - 11/16/2016

Meet The Team

Steve Bender

Founder, 2013

Steve is the founder of the Firefighter Five Foundation.
You can find Steve running all across the country promoting first responder health.

Michael Byrne

Trustee, 2014

Michael is the foundations first trustee. Michael also has a long history in the fire service and helps the foundation with media promotion and logistics.

Brandy Beauchamp

Trustee, 2014

Brandy joined the foundation shortly after Michael. Brandy keeps the foundation records in order and assists in every aspect behind the scenes.

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