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Today, we're excited to introduce you to Joshua Neary of Great Bend. Crystal Bender nominated Joshua to become a member of our First Responders Wall of Fame outlining his accomplishments to us:

“If it is to be, it is up to me,” is just one quote that Joshua Neary lives by. He is a 29 year old, serving the residents of Great Bend and Hallstead area, as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. In the 14 years of service of his volunteerism, he has touched a countless number of lives, while not forgetting the ones that have passed on. He started the fire service as a junior firefighter in Great Bend Hose Company and finished as their department’s Captain. He then became a dedicated and beloved member of the Hallstead Fire Company. As a committed member of the Great Bend Hallstead Ambulance, Joshua earned his EMT in 2009 and recently became the ambulance’s Lieutenant. When Mr.Neary is not severing his community as a first responder, he works full time as a nurse. He works in our local hospital at Endless Mountain Health Services in the emergency room and is also employed through a nursing staffing agency. It does not matter if its day or night, whether he worked his usual double shifts or had a day off, if you need help, he is there.

Our community is a better place because you, Joshua, are in it 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 99.1 The Whale app and select the "First Responder" button on the home page