Firefighter of the Year

Firefighter of the Year- 2023

Firefighter Brennan Kennedy is the Knights of Columbus 2020 Firefighter of the Year. Firefighter Kennedy was nominated by his peers for his outstanding accomplishments. The following is the nomination letter submitted to Fire Chief Graff and the Knights of Columbus: 

   I am writing to nominate Firefighter Brennan Kennedy for Firefighter of The Year. Firefighter Kennedy is a highly motivated member of the fire department and religiously takes on additional tasks and projects to improve the department and the working environment. FF Kennedy has a vast knowledge of EMS and graciously assists in the development of students and junior members. As the secretary treasurer of Foreign Fire Tax, FF Kennedy directly works with Local 26 members and staff alike to coordinate the scheduling, payment, and purchasing needs of the department while keeping track of the monetary paperwork required. FF Kennedy volunteers for highly skilled and detail-oriented specialty teams such as the Technical Rescue Team, Marine 31 Rescue Boat Team and has recently completed the arduous trainings to become a Fire Investigator within the department. FF Kennedy is a huge asset to the Rock Island Fire Department and to the citizens of Rock Island.


Nicholas D. Thompson

Battalion Chief





Kennedy, Firefighter of the year