WEST DES MONES, IA (TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2021) – The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) has announced the date of their annual First Responders Appreciation Breakfast, presented by West Bank, for Wednesday, September 15. The breakfast, to be held at Glen Oaks Country Club, will be keynoted by John Register.

John Register failed to clear a hurdle as he trained for the Olympic Games—a move that led to a tragic accident and altered his life forever. He shifted his mindset and embraced a “new normal.” The decorated Persian Gulf War U.S. Army veteran world champion became a two-time Paralympic Games Silver Medalist, professional speaker, and global influencer.

Register “amputated his fears” and founded the U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Sports Program. He authored 10 Stories to Impact Any Leader: Journal Your Way to Leadership Success in Spring 2020 and works with business leaders to hurdle adversity, amputate fear, and embrace a new normal mindset to win life's medals.

The artificial leg he used to win the silver medal is displayed in the Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“West Bank is proud to sponsor an event like this that honors first responders,” said West Bank Chairman and CEO Dave Nelson. “It is an opportunity for us to show appreciation for the men and women who protect and serve our community.”

The First Responders Appreciation Breakfast is held each year to honor all West Des Moines First Responders and their families. This event is one-way local residents and the business community can ensure these men and women receive the recognition they deserve.

“The WDM Chamber is excited to bring this unique event back for another year,” said WDM Chamber President and CEO Katherine Harrington, “It’s not like anything else we do, so we’re thrilled to add this dimension to our programming and support our community at the same time.”

Registration is now open on the WDM Chamber’s website. With the purchase of a ticket, there is also an option to buy a seat for a first responder, who are invited to attend this event free of charge. 10% of proceeds from registration will be given to the newly established West Des Moines Public Safety Cadets.

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