Military, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and healthcare professionals are the unsung members of our community who put their own lives on the line to protect and serve us and we're on a mission to make sure that we properly thank them for their selflessness by sharing their stories with you.

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Today, we're excited to introduce you to Kyle Simpkin of Sidney Center. Rich Carpenter nominated Kyle to become a member of our First Responders Wall of Fame outlining his accomplishments to us:

Kyle became a firefighter in the Bainbridge Fire Deptment over 20 years ago and in his time in the fire service in Bainbridge he was a Lutenant and Fire Captain. Then, he became an Assistant Chief then became the Chief.  Chief worked hard with the the Town of Bainbridge and Village to get Bainbridge Ambulance back up and running. Kyle also worked on grants for the deptment. He was able to get new equipment for the deptment and worked on getting new members. Kyle is now a life member of the Bainbridge Fire Dept and lives in Sidney Center and is a member of the Sidney Center Fire Company. He services as an ambulance driver/ firefighter. When Kyle is not at the fire company he enjoy's going camping with his friends and dog.

Our community is a better place because you, Kyle, 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