Welcome to Firefighters with PTSD Helping all first responders & Veterans

Welcome to Firefighters with PTSD Helping all first responders & Veterans

Welcome to Firefighters with PTSD Helping all first responders & VeteransWelcome to Firefighters with PTSD Helping all first responders & VeteransWelcome to Firefighters with PTSD Helping all first responders & Veterans


Who are we


Our Mission Statement

Firefighters With PTSD proudly serves all first responders and veterans suffering from PTSD.  We raise, train and place both service and therapy dogs with first responders and veterans dealing with PTSD. We serve all first responders and veterans with honor and dignity. 


Firefighters With PTSD was founded by Matt Doughty in 2016 when he wanted to help first responders, like himself, bridge the gap in relation to access and resources for these brave men and women suffering from PTSD.  Firefighters With PTSD was filed as a 501(c)3 non profit organization in October of 2018 and the process was approved and finalized in June 2019.

The Why

It started with a book. Our founder, Matt Doughty, wrote a book called A Revelation where he writes about his own life experiences. When writing this book he was trying to decide how he could move that drive and passion to the next level. Matt does a lot of  public speaking to youth and thought about starting a non-profit for youth in foster care.  He did some research and quickly found that there were already a million charities out there doing great things for these kids.  As a “firefighter with PTSD” it occurred to Matt that this was the cause, the cause that had a large need and was not flooded with other organizations help.  Alot of research and planning went into forming Firefighters With PTSD.  We found what these men and women were in need of and put a road map together to help provide it.

Our Focus

Firefighters with PTSD is focused on changing the lives of first responders and veterans with PTSD.  We do this through training service dogs and raising awareness to the issues facing many of the men and women in these positions.

 · Service Dogs. We raise and train service, therapy and emotional support dogs for first responders and veterans with PTSD.  Our training is done with the help of  our partners; Solid Results K9  (Corey Doebber) and Off Leash K9 (Becca Curtis). In our training program first responders and veterans get to train their dogs, hands on through the whole process of becoming a service dog. This gives them extra confidence and a stronger bond with their dog for years to come. 

· Awareness. Raising awareness of PTSD in our first responders and veterans.  We do this through events and bringing our dogs out into the community to train while being approachable. This is a great opportunity to not only train and polish our dogs skills but to educate the public, answer questions and show how service dogs can impact the lives of first responders and veterans. 

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goal to improve conditions for first responders and veterans with PTSD.   

Donating in memory of a fallen first responder/veteran? 

Please add your loved ones name in the comment section during the donation process. We would love to know who you are honoring!

Mailing a check? 

Send it directly to 705 5th Street N, Dassel, MN 55325

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If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend/loved one, or would like emotional support, these resources are confidential and available 24/7 across the United States.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

CALL   1-800-273-8255     |     CHAT   https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

Crisis Text Line

TEXT   Text HOME to 741741

Veterans Crisis Line

CALL   1-800-273-8255 (press 1)     |     TEXT   Text to 838255     |     CHAT   https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat

Help for the fallen

Randy Darling (Jordan Fire)


51-year-old Jordan resident, Randy Michael Darling, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018 after his motorcycle crashed into a pickup in Louisville Township, Minnesota.  According to the State Patrol crash report, Darling was driving a Harley Davidson southbound on Highway 169 in the right lane when a GMC Sierra entered the intersection at 150th Street West and the two collided at about 3:51 p.m. He was not wearing a helmet and alcohol was not a factor, according to the state patrol. 

Darling had recently posted on his Facebook page a Harley Davidson meme that said: “Instead of telling someone who rides a bike how dangerous it is, how about looking twice before changing lanes, making a turn, or reversing out of your driveway? Keep your eyes on the road and off your mobile phone/radio/kids. Re-post this is if you care about someone who rides a motorcycle.” 

" As a member of the MN Red Knights, I was moved and compelled to help in any way we could. Randy was a brother in the fire service and in our club." 

- Matt Doughty (President) FirefightersWithPTSD

Firefighters With PTSD raised a small amount by having a boot donation at one of our bike run fundraisers following the news of Randy's passing in efforts to help his family.

"Thank you for your organizations continued support, this was very kind of you". - Andrea Darling

Jeff Vollmer (Mayer Fire and Rescue)


 Minnesota firefighter to be honored at National Memorial

Jeffrey A Vollmer, age 40, passed away in December of 2017. He was a member of the Mayer Fire Department. He served as an EMT and Captain. He also took on the role of mentor to new members. He continually strove to better himself and his department by pursuit of education and training. He was quick to offer aid to those in need, making lasting impacts on those he helped, as well as their families. Jeff also made sure his fellow brothers were supported after difficult calls. He proudly served his community.

Jeff was husband to Emily and a loving, joyful father to their two daughters, Anika and Kennedi. He worked hard to make himself better and to provide for his family. He was a trained construction journeyman, spending many years in carpentry, but had also owned and operated his own business in the insurance industry. Emily misses his friendship, and the girls miss daddy being here to play with them.

Jeff had many interests and excelled at them all – hunting, woodworking, photography, playing the guitar – but fishing was his hobby of passion. He especially enjoyed pursuing the elusive muskie and spent many hours on the lake.

Jeff had an easy way of getting along with everyone, sharing his time and talents, and being generous in all ways. Ready, always, with an easy smile, he will be greatly missed by many.

His family recognizes the sacrifice that both firemen and families make when the choice to serve is made. Jeff will live on in the hearts of his family and in the way the future firemen and women answer “the call” to serve and carry hope to those waiting in need.

Firefighters With PTSD raised money for this family with sticker sales and boot donations.

"Thanks for your organizations generosity  with support for our family. We are so very grateful". 

- Emily Vollmer

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First Responders and Veterans we have helped


John & Ziva!

With help from many fire departments, police departments and corporations we were able to place our first dog "Ziva".  She is a three year old German Shepherd. 

Ziva is an ESA dog and was placed with a 20 year police chief in Georgia.  

A word from our recipient:

"After applying for a service dog through FirefightersWithPTSd.org, I was contacted by Matt who stated they had a German Shepherd ready to go. Due to my health I am unable to fly or drive/ride long distances. Matt was very helpful in the entire process. I cannot thank Matt and FirefightersWithPTSD enough for helping me in getting a service dog and delivering her to me. Ziva has helped me so much since she has gotten here.I feel a lot more comfortable staying home by myself now. She is with me all the time where ever I go. She needs to make sure the scene is safe! Thank you FirefightersWithPTSD for all your help with service dog Ziva!" 

- John, GA

Thank you to all the donors who are helping make dreams come true for our first responders and veterans.




Upcoming 2019 Recipient Troy Teff


  US Air Force 1992-96

US Air Force 1996-2002

Coon Rapids Fire 1998-1999

MAC Fire Dept 1999-2000

St Paul Fire Dept 2000-2018

Fire Captain 2011-2018