Every Friday we take the time to recognize a first responder for their contributions and service to their community. Here is our pick for this week.

Mike Anania has been the Chief at the Volunteer Fire Company of Western, Inc. for the past 28 years. Add another 13 years to that and Mike has been a volunteer there for a total of 41 years.

Carl Neff
Photo Credit: Fred Sherman
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Last year, the Town of Western was hit by a tornado and two flash floods. The town was grateful to have Chief Anania there to keep everything under control.

He took charge of the disaster for two weeks, directing our members and assisting the residents.

The flash flooding response consisted of water rescue of residents from their homes. Everyone is thankful Chief Anania is their leader.

Volunteer Fire Company of Western, Inc. via Facebook
Volunteer Fire Company of Western, Inc. via Facebook
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His dedication speaks volumes of the commitment to his community.

Thank you Chief Mike Anania for yours of leadership and commitment to keeping Central New Yorkers safe in their most challenging moments.

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.