Not all heroes wear capes. And not all firefighters are men. Some are quiet, humble, and brave women who put the needs of others before their own.

Denise Johnson is one of those women at the Brookfield Fire Department. "We have so many dedicated people in our little town of Brookfield and she's truly a hero in the eyes of our entire community," Colleen Rutherford said in her nomination for First Responder Friday.

Denise stands out to me because of her unwavering commitment and dedication to the people she serves. She has been the first one to respond to many calls and she shows she truly cares.

Denise to the Rescue

Unfortunately, Colleen has needed emergency help a lot lately. Luckily, Denise was there. "Denise not only helped with my kitchen fire, but she also helped with a medical issue for my daughter and even was there when my precious mother passed away unexpectedly."

Helping others must run in the family. Denise's brother and son are also firefighters.

Her compassion and dedication far surpasses the call of duty. I am in awe of her. She is humble and quiet and probably won’t like the accolades, but they are so deserved. Thank you, Denise, for making me, our town, and this world a brighter place to be.

Recognize a First Responder

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 officer, military, rescuer, front-line worker, 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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