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 Derek Denniston, who was nominated anonymously! The entry reads:

"Derek is an outstanding Jones County Deputy Sheriff K9 handler. He currently has a K9 named Rudy. Derek's also the JCERT (Joint County Emergency Response Team) leader. When Derek is not keeping the streets safe as a deputy, he volunteers as a firefighter at the Wyoming Fire Department and is a board member of the Midland School Board. Derek is an amazing community leader that many look up to. Thanks for all you do, Derek!"

Derek Denniston
Derek Denniston

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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