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 Jason Stepanek, who was nominated by Brandon Stepanek! The entry reads:

"Jason Stepanek is the Fire Chief for the Ryan Fire Department. He has been part of the department for over 18 years! He has held numerous different positions throughout his years, with his most recent promotion being Fire Chief in 2021. Jason has tirelessly served his community and has always strived to better the department! He never looks for any public gratification and would give the shirt off his back to help anyone in need."

Brandon Stepanek
Brandon Stepanek

Congratulations to Jason! We thank him for his service and dedication to our community!

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. Thank you for your submissions!

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