Operation First Response (OFR) is inviting people from all over the Delaware Valley to participate in Pennsylvannia ’s Seventh Annual WALK FOR THE WOUNDED on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Rose Tree Park in Media, PA. At the hub of 3 major population centers, Philadelphia, Wilmington and South Jersey.

The goal of the day is two-fold:  1) to draw attention to the plight of tens of thousands of returning soldiers who are wounded, and whose families are facing significant financial and emotional challenges as their loved one recovers and 2) to raise funds to help meet the critical needs of these families, many of whom are crisis right now – today, in hometowns all across the country.

Quick Facts:

  • Operation First Response (OFR) delivers over 90 cents of every dollar raised to wounded soldiers and their families.
  • OFR is staffed by mostly volunteers; with the exception of one full-time and one part-time salary workers.
  • The 2 mile WALK will take place at Rose Tree Park in Media, PA (just minutes off I-95 and Rt. 476 (The Blue Route).
  • Parking is Free. View our Map to see the location of the walk.
  • Walkers register here and are asked to help get donation sponsors for themselves, if possible.
  • People are invited to use this web site to help sponsor any walker(s) of their choice
  • Companies are also invited to become Walk or Corporate Sponsors, or to advertise in the WALK PROGRAM being distributed at the event.
  • People are invited to simply make a donation.



The Warriors 5k Run benefits wounded military veterans and their families. On May 2, enjoy the runner-friendly grass course* within the beautiful Rose Tree Park setting, and stay for the day’s events. The 5k begins promptly at 10 a.m. and kicks off Operation First Response’s largest fundraising event, which also includes a shorter Walk for the Wounded, a ceremony honoring our troops, a kids zone full of fun activities and more!

Register online at RunSignUp.com for the 5k run and get a free sports tech t-shirt with your registration fee. In-person registration opens at 9 a.m. on race day, but t-shirt size cannot be guaranteed.

Stay tuned for packet pickup details closer to the race date.

* Note: This is not the trail run through Rose Tree Park, it is a flatter, easier course over grass and some pavement that loops twice around the main areas of the park.

Special Guests


MCEE - Dom Giordano

Dom GiordanoWhich Philadelphia talk show host can judge the Miss Kensington Pageant one day, and talk with Mayor Michael Nutter about a “New Day” in Philadelphia? Philadelphia marvel Dom Giordano. Dom offers an intelligent “guy next door” sensibility that’s as comfortable as your favorite chair. Born and raised in South Philly, Dom’s local flavor makes him one of the region’s best-connected media personalities. Dom Giordano’s mix of compelling topics, great local callers and provocative guests produces fascinating talk radio. Dom began his unique path to broadcasting as a high school teacher in the Delaware Valley, where he received widespread media coverage for his innovative teaching and motivational techniques with his students.

Giordano was hired at WWDB Radio in 1987, becoming the country’s first teacher-turned-talk show host. “Talkers Magazine” named Dom one of the Top 100 Most Influential Talk Show Hosts in America for five years. Dom is a frequent guest commentator on the Fox News Channel, CNN’s “Talkback Live”, Court TV, “It’s Your Call” on Comcast’s CN8, NBC-10 News, and WHYY-TV 12 News Programs. Dom is a frequent fill in host for the Lou Dobbs Radio Show and formerly for the Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly. Dom also writes frequent columns for newspapers throughout the region, including “The Philadelphia Inquirer”, “The Bucks County Courier Times”, “The Main Line Times”, and “The Northeast Times”. Dom lives in Germantown with his wife Rosemary, and their two sons, Luke and DJ.


"Warrior Escort" provided by "Eastern Pennsylvania Confederation of Clubs"

Warrior Escort will gather at the Staybridge Suites, 400 Evergreen Dr, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Rally time is 10:30 am on Saturday May 2, 2015
To participate in the ride or if you need more information, please contact:
Warrior Escort Organizer
Preacher Sovereign MC



Patrick Carney, Staff Sergeant United States Army

Patrick Carney, Staff Sergeant United States ArmyPatrick Carney, Staff Sergeant United States Army. He had 8 years of service, and 2 tours of duty in Iraq 2008-2009 with 25th Infantry Division/1st Battalion 24 Infantry Regiment and in  2011 with 1st Cavalry Division/ 1 Battalion 8th Cavalry Regiment. SSG Carney served as a Infantryman and unlike most Infantrymen who as they get promoted switch from office (service) jobs, He spent the entire 8 years in a "line" platoon. Line meaning anywhere but the inside of an office, in civilian terms. Over the course of his service Pat sustained different injuries throughout his body, the left shoulder however was the injury that ultimately separated him from the Army. It was not until after Pat left the service that it was discovered he had a  traumatic brain injury, and needed many of his joints replaced. SSG Carney loved the Army, and still does. He is quoted as saying "If I could do it again, I would have seen doctors instead of being "Hooah" and pushing through the pain, but hind sight is 20-20"






Sgt. William Essary

Patrick Carney, Staff Sergeant United States ArmySgt William Essary joined the Army on 29 April 2001 right before 9/11.   He  trained at Ft. Benning, Ft. Polk, Ft. Sill and was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC in Bravo Battery 3rd of the 319 Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.  In 2002-03’ Sgt Essary was deployed to Asadabad Afghanistan as a 120 mm mortar man.  Soon after returning home he was injured in the line of duty.  On 18 May 2004, Bill was called back to the unit from a post clean up detail with his soldiers as he was to practice carrying the National Colors for the 82nd Airborne Change of Command Ceremony.  They pulled over the vehicle and he was crossing the road out by the ranges to retrieve a set of keys which had fallen out of the Humvee.   Bill came out from behind the Humvee and was hit by a Ford F250 pickup being driven by a fellow soldier doing 70 mph and partially in our lane. The eventual result was the amputation of his left leg, a broken back, both bones shattered in both arms, and memory loss.  After 2 years of recovery, on 28 July 2006, Sgt Eassary retired from active duty at E5 and returned home to his family in Pennsylvania.

90% of all funds received go directly to wounded soldiers and their families.