As a first responder, you might just be a beacon of light on someone's worst day. This first responder understands how meaningful that impact can be.

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For Aaron Costello, that is part of the job. Aaron isn't just doing a job though, he is doing something that is a passion for him. That is a trait many first responders share, love of their career. It is one of the numerous reasons Aaron is our choice this week to be spotlighted for First Responder Friday brought to you by Jiffy Lube.


Born and raised here in the Mohawk Valley, Aaron isn't only a firefighter. He is full-time in that capacity for the Fayetteville Fire Department. He also works part-time as a paramedic in Oneida, Herkimer, and for The Madison County Office of Emergency Management.

Aaron's nominator said this,

He is always striving to be the best Firefighter/Paramedic that he can be. He believes in the importance of constant training and lifelong learning being a first responder and he takes his position very seriously. He is always obtaining additional certifications when and where he can.

His nominator also said he doesn't look for recognition or praise because he believes he is just doing his job. Aaron, you're not. You are touching people's lives each and every day, and you deserve all the recognition in the world for that. Congratulations.


Do you know a first responder that deserves to be recognized? Tell us about someone who should be honored in Central New York - a firefighter, police officer, EMT, forest ranger, paramedic, DEC officers, military, rescuers, front line workers, or any other person first on the scene.

Include their name, a picture, and why they should be recognized during 'First Responder Friday." We'll honor one first responder every Friday and as a way to say thank you, we'll give them an oil change from Jiffy Lube on Commercial Drive in New Hartford and a Bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

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