Who We Are
First Responders For Fitness is a charitable 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization of federal, state, and municipal law enforcement, fire/medic, nurse, and lifeguard personnel. We service public/private, paid/volunteer, active/reserve/retired and civilian members.
We're on a mission to:
- Promote health and wellness through educational programs and special events for First Responders and the communities we have sworn to serve.
- Encourage the use of the “4 Fitness” concept for sound mental, spiritual, nutritional, and physical fitness.
- Enhance First Responders performance capabilities and productivity while increasing life longevity.
- Minimize risk management issues via safe work practices and proactive counter-measures.
- Reduce emergency situations by educating civilians on early detection, prevention, and safety.
We’re currently accepting donations. Please reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your tax deductible donation to the Michigan Battle of the Badges.
Meet the Team
The FR4F partners are dedicated to our mission of promoting health and wellness through educational programs and special events. They provide expertise and mentorship for sound mental, spiritual, nutritional, and physical fitness.
FR4F President, Father, Detroit Fire Fighter / Haz-Mat Technician, Athlete
As a founding member of FR4F Roger brings visionary leadership, project management, and integrity to our Executive Board. His passion to unite First Responders and provide optimum health and wellness for all is synergistic to our mission. With an organized sports and Business Analyst background he is a dedicated team player and problem resolution expert. Since 1992 he has traveled the globe and placed in many international competitions: US Masters Swimming National Championships, Canadian-American Police-Fire Games, World Firefighters Games, and the World Police & Fire Games. Having 32 years experience in Public Safety Roger learned a long time ago; “Being a First Responder is not an occupation, it’s a lifestyle.”
FR4F Vice President
Diane brings over 18 years of law enforcement experience and has performed in multiple units of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. As a Sergeant she started the first WCSO Tug-of-War team and in 2016, chaired the first annual WCSO Field Day. Diane co-founded Lunches of Love which services the needs of the less fortunate in the metro Detroit area and she currently competes in the figure division of the NPC (National Physique Committee). Diane has been actively involved in fitness her entire life and is pursuing personal training certification and a degree in Nutrition. She is also a prior Panther Sports nutrition athlete and currently a brand ambassador for Just Live. Diane’s passion is bringing the community together through wellness and she delivers! Her motto: “The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital”.
Andrew is a dedicated Deputy with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Captain of their men’s tug of war team. As a key organizer for the initial Wayne County Sheriff’s Field Day he designed and coordinated the First Responder obstacle course. Andrew has a genuine passion for health, fitness, and bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community. He shows this by participating in events such as; Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Fight For Air Climb, Salvation Army bell ringing, feeding the homeless with Lunches of Love, and Feed The Need: Homeless For A Night. Andrew’s integrity, exceptional work ethic, and dependability are top-notch and his organizational skills bring vital support to our mission.
Owner, FIT Enterprises, LLC & Certified Personal Trainer
Dena Raptis, native Detroiter, has been passionately involved in the fitness and wellness industry for over thirty years. While her professional career began working for several fitness facilities in Detroit , she quickly expanded to co-owning a successful dance/fitness, personal training and martial arts studio in the Boston area. Dena has also been the Group Exercise Department Head and Master Instructor Trainer for Life Time Fitness. Today she is Founder and Owner of FIT Enterprises.
Dena has done it all. Whether it is developing, continuing education workshops for the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, (AFAA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE), teaching a variety of successful, group exercise classes, aqua and yoga, consulting for a variety of needs for existing health clubs and start ups, corporate fitness and wellness, personal one on one training, working with autistic, downs syndrome and other mentally challenged individuals, children, seniors, post rehab, back, shoulder and knees, her dedication to providing the most safe, effective and fun programs knows no end.
- Continuing education workshops
- Master classes
- Educational lectures
- Marketing special events
- Fundraisers and health fairs
- Training and development
- Heart rate training
- Weight Training
- Aquatics programs
- Seniors, Children and Family Fitness
- Boot Camps
- Functional Fitness
- Yoga and pilates
- Kettle bells
- TRX suspension training
- Post rehabilitation
- Neurological disorders
Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist, Certified Fitness Trainer
Latricia specializes in lifestyle planning for holistic betterment. Her approach to nutrition, health and performance is designed to assure that all of the body’s systems are functioning optimally. Latricia prides herself in her ability to help her clients live happier, healthier, more balanced lives.
Specialties include Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Youth Fitness, Prevention, Toxicity and Detox.
- Complementary & Alternative Care
- Body Chemistry Assessment
- Nutritional Balancing
- Lifestyle Planning
- Healthy Living Presentations
- Tea Tasting Workshops
- Custom Herbal Tea Blends
- Disease Prevention
- Natural Health Education
- Youth Nutrition Program
- Herbal Medicine
- Customized Wellness Plans
- Youth Fitness Training
- Community Regeneration
- Professional Development
- Community Fitness Coordinator
- Holistic Nutrition
Rachel Lethorn, MS, PA-C, ATC
Functional Medical Practitioner, Board Certified Physician's Assistant, Board Certified Athletic Trainer
As a medical practitioner, Mom and former collegiate athlete, Rachel’s passion is to help others achieve their health and fitness goals. She works with individuals, businesses, sports teams and athletes including the Olympic USA Gymnastics Sports Medicine Team. As a certified medical practitioner and former collegiate athlete, Rachel’s vision is to combine her medical and sports knowledge offering: education, advice, guidance, care coordination and healthy solutions as your partner in health. She is honored to be working with First Responder’s For Fitness and serve on both the Medical & Fitness Advisory Boards.
- Wellness Assessment
- Biomechanical Evaluation
- Sport Specific Optimization
- Nutritional Planning
- Fitness Program
- Strength & Conditioning
- Health & Wellness Coaching
- Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation
- Corporate Wellness
- Public Speaking
- Sports Medicine
- Osteopathic Manipulations
- Sports Massage
- Functional & Integrative Care
- Nutrition & Fitness