Each week as we salute our First Responders one thing becomes abundantly clear. Their desire to help others and their community. Why else would you race to the scene of an accident, walk inside a burning structure, run after criminals, or work among inmates. This week we shine the spotlight on Cynthia Timmins an EMT-Critical Care.

Like many first responders, Cynthia pulls double duty as an EMT with COCVAC, Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Clinton and Vineall Ambulance Service in Oneida. She's been with COCVAC for five years and Vineall for three. We heard the familiar desire when we asked what made her choose this career field.

I just want to help people, you know, make a difference

Cynthia has seen her share of horrific accidents in just the last few weeks, but calls it just one side of the job. There are times when someone just needs another person to talk with and listen. The person nominating her wants to remain anonymous, but says Cynthia is always more than willing to do all it takes for her patients.

No matter what the call is, how critical the patient is, or how much help she has, she is able to help every patient to the maximum, even on less critical calls, she has always given her all to those who need it.

Cynthia, thank you for doing what you do. Choosing to help others in their most terrifying times and just being there to listen for those who need it, you're what keeps this world turning.

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 a Bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

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