Tribute to First Responders

Why I Started a Tribute to First Responders

Hi, I’m Jack Ferguson Maxwell. I may be autistic, have severe dyslexia and have a stutter, I don’t let those stop me from reaching milestones!

When we’re little, we often dream about who we want to be when we grow up. For me, I wanted to be an EMT & Fireman. Honestly, who didn’t want to be a firefighter as a kid? 

When I was 13, I had a seizure and in one fell swoop, my dream was taken away from me.

Fast forward 10 years later, I was on social media talking about having autism and shared stories about first responders, when a firefighter responded to my post and started to bully me. I couldn’t believe a firefighter would treat me that way. I reached out to his fire department and reported the incident, surprisingly they did nothing, not even an apology. I was hurt.

So, you’d think after that, I would have sworn off first responders forever. That wasn’t the case for me. I was so passionate about how they risk their lives for others and how selfless they were. I continued to post videos and stories about first responders as well as those in our community who had lost their lives to serve our country. I may not have been able to become a first responder, but one thing was for sure. I COULD and WOULD do all I was able to make a difference in their lives.

That’s where Tribute to First Responders comes in. I started this organization to make an impact in the lives of those in my community who risk their lives 24/7 for the safety of others.

Through Tribute to First Responders, we want to honour every first responder and their families by encouraging them with letters of support (handmade greeting cards), a future goal to provide financial support including medical costs, hardship funds, funeral expenses, and college scholarships to their children. We would love to create a standing memorial at a local cemetery for those fallen first responders to be remembered and recognized for their sacrifices.

We hope you have a better understanding of the heart and passion behind Tribute to First Responders and we hope you choose to support us!

We’re always looking for volunteers to help us with our mission, people with experience in grant writing are a plus. Donations are always accepted in the form of in-kind gifts and monetary donations.

If you have questions or would like to get involved or support, please contact: or message us!
Thank you!