Frequently Asked Questions

We at Hook A Hero welcome your questions and would love to hear from you. Below you will find some of our most frequently asked questions. No question is too big or too small, and we want you to have all the answers you need! If you cannot seem to find what you are looking for, please contact one of our team members. Again, thank you for your interest in Hook A Hero, and in helping support first responders!


How did Hook A Hero come to be?

TJ Romano founded Hook A Hero in the fall of 2016. Being a first responder himself, his inspiration came from seeing all of the hard work of his fellow first responders. He knows firsthand that each one gives their absolute all, day in and day out to serve others, but it seemed that no one was serving them. Thus, the mission for Hook A Hero was born, and the passion to give back to those that so selflessly give became a reality.

What do you offer to your participants?

Hook A Hero is dedicated to bringing passion and joy back into the lives of first responders that serve our nation through outdoor activities, exciting fishing adventures and unforgettable friendships. It is our goal to establish lifelong friendships and fellowships with those we are able to serve.

Why First Responders?

We here at Hook A Hero are grateful for the service of all men and women to this great country and will never turn away a nominee that is or has served in our military. That being said, we intend to shine a light on the service of our first responders because far too often, they are not given the exposure for the troubles and situations that they deal with on a daily basis. In this day and age when first responders are targets of criticism and danger, we want to make sure that they know they are appreciated and highly regarded. Their selfless service every day, most for upwards of 20 plus years, is far too often unrecognized and taken for granted. We intend to make sure they know they are supported!

How do I become a sponsor?

We are so grateful for your interest in sponsorship! To begin, please fill out the sponsorship questionnaire and a member of our team will be in touch with you! You may also contact our founder directly at

How are sponsorships and donations used?

As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, every dollar counts here at Hook A Hero. It is our goal to minimize overhead as much as possible, and we depend on our dedicated volunteers to help keep our costs low so that as much goes straight to our first responders as possible. Your support will not go unnoticed and will be used to help fund the amazing experiences that we will provide to our first responders and their families. These experiences include, but are not limited to, chartered fishing trips, hunting excursions, and many other outdoor activities. Sponsorships will also allow us to gather and utilize the equipment and gear necessary to provide such experiences.

How are participants chosen?

Participants or those nominating a participant must first fill out our “Nominate a Hero” questionnaire.

In order to be eligible for the opportunity to be hosted on an excursion with Hook A Hero, you must be a First Responder or military member with Active, Retired, Reserve or Veteran status. Hook A Hero will not discriminate based on race, gender or disability. All information provided will be kept confidential and will not be shared without your consent and approval.

Once your nomination form has been received by our team, the nominee will be contacted to complete a brief and confidential interview. Selected nominees will also be required to verify service by sending a photo of their credentials to the Hook A Hero team.