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Neb. Nat. Guard Firefighters Deploy to Romania

By Dean Welte, KTIV:

Seven Nebraska Army Guard Soldier based in Norfolk, Nebraska are to head to Romania for a yearlong deployment.

On May 17, the seven solders with the 181st Engineer Detachment (firefighter team) based in Norfolk gathered at the South Omaha Readiness Center for a brief send-off ceremony with immediate family.

“I’m excited to go over and have this opportunity to train and learn and travel and experience new cultures,” said Spc. Nicholas Wimmer, a 27-year-old firefighter from Council Bluffs, Iowa. “Leaving my family is probably what I’m most nervous about, but I know everybody has the best intentions. We will put the mission first and get everything done.”

Wimmer, who leaves behind his wife and two young daughters for this first deployment, said he didn’t have additional concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As a community volunteer firefighter, Wimmer said he knows there are plenty of resources, masks and hand sanitizer available to support his loved ones.

“We’ve just got a great support system,” said Wimmer. “I do not have any doubts about leaving my family. They are in good hands, and my parents are always here so that if my wife and children should need help they always have back up and a place to go.”

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