Salute to First Responders: Brennan Kennedy

Salute to First Responders: Brennan Kennedy

Brennan Kennedy was honored for his service as this month’s winner of SERVPRO and Fox 18’s Salute to First Responders.

“This is truly an honor,” Kennedy said. “I had no idea this was going on and this is a definite surprise.”

Maybe it shouldn’t be. Kennedy was already honored as the Rock Island Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year.

“I’ve been a paramedic for a long time and a fireman for a long time,” Kennedy said. “I have a great passion for it.”

Whether its his battalion chief who nominated him or Rock Island Fire Chief Bob Graff, Kennedy’s work ethic stands out to them.

“He continues to train constantly to improve himself and takes that training back and shares it with his peers,” Graff said. “And not only develops himself, but develops the department.”

Kennedy volunteers for some of the department’s specialty teams — and he’s now a fire investigator, too.

“I have a lot of irons and a lot of fires with some other stuff outside of the emergency calls and I work hard every day,” Kennedy said. “It’s very fast-paced.”

SERVPRO presented Kennedy with $100 toward the charity of his choice and a gift card as well.

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