Each Friday morning at 6:30 a.m., 98.1 KHAK's Brain & Courtlin pay tribute to an Eastern Iowa first responder. The weekly honoree receives a $25 gift card to Wild Hogs Saloon and Eatery in Walford and a $25 gift card to Honor and Respect.

Today we honor Richard (Taco) Ortega, who was nominated by Courtney Hammond! The entry reads:

"Richard is on the Center Point EMS and Fire Department, making a difference in his community and impacting many families in Linn County. He is also a volunteer at the CRUSH of Iowa Recovery Community Center, where he is working hard and CRUSHIN the stigma surrounding Substance Abuse Disorder. In his free time, he is involved with Parks and Rec in Center Point and youth sports programs. In addition to keeping our community safe, he is also a devoted father and husband."

Courtney Hammond
Courtney Hammond

Our First Responder Friday winners are selected from nominations submitted by you! You can make a nomination below. When including your photo, please keep in mind that any kids in the picture need to be your own. Please let us know if we have parental permission to post the children, otherwise their faces will be covered when the photo is published to our sites.

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