Military, police officers, firefighters, paramedics are the unsung members of our community who put their own lives on the line to protect and serve us and we're on a mission to make sure that we properly thank them for their selflessness by sharing their stories with you.

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Today, we're excited to introduce you to the Johnson City Fire Department. We don't normally spotlight entire departments because we know that it is individuals who make a whole, but after reading the nomination letter that  Nikki Freeman wrote, we knew that we needed to tip our hat to the entire department.

My story is a little bit different than most. I don’t have one first responder I have many. I have worked for the Johnson City Fire Department for 13 years. I was welcomed in as part of their family right from day one. In 2015 I lost my husband to a massive heart attack and was left as a single mom of 4 children. I never thought I could make it through this terrible time in life. My first responders were there for my children and I whether it was a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen or step up and acts as the father my children had lost. I cannot thank each and everyone of them enough for helping my family and all the other families they help on a daily basis. You guys rock and I love you all from the bottom of my heart.

Our community is a better place because of each and every member of the Johnson City Fire Department and we salute you and genuinely thank you for being the incredible human that you are!

To nominate the first responder in your life, download the 98.1 The Hawk app and select the First Responder button on the home page

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