This is one of the most selfless men you will ever meet. A rare talent that's been protecting his community for over 50 years.

Credit - Dan Rivet Jr. via Facebook
Credit - Dan Rivet Jr. via Facebook

Meet Dan Rivet Jr.

Dan is proudly celebrating his 61st year of Fire & EMS service. He's been an EMT instructor for over 30 years and trained hundreds of EMT's. Not only that, but Dan served as Herkimer County Deputy Fire Coordinator for over 30 years and was even the Fire commissioner for more than 20 years.

Ambulance at the entrance of an emergency room
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He doesn't stop there! Dan also served as Town Councilman in Old Forge for 22 years. He even served as Chief of the Old Forge Fire Department for many years. Dan is still an active paramedic, training new EMT's whenever he gets the chance.

He was one of the first Advanced Life Support providers in the North Country... assisting other ambulance companies including Raquette Lake, Big Moose & Inlet.

If you have a medical emergency, you are fortunate if Dan is your responder.

Thank you Dan for your years of service to your community. You have always put other people ahead of yourself and we are extremely grateful to have you as a leader in the field.

Firefighter Uniform and Boots on Firetruck, ready to go

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.

YUMMY!! Dip Your Donut At Any of these 13 Top Upstate New York Donut Shops

So what is your pleasure? Glazed? Cinnamon? Powdered Sugar? Or do you just revel in the nostalgia of a fresh, hot plain cake donut just like Grandma once made?

In this age of Krispy Kremes and Dunkin' Donuts on every corner in America (it seems) there is something to be said, something to be treasured about a mom-and-pop donut shop that has been around for 25, or even 30 years.

Here is a list of 13 of the best ones in Upstate New York

Cider Donuts and Halfmoon Cookies: An Upstate New York Tradition

When frost is on the pumpkin and the leaves start putting on a show, it is time for Upstate New York to enjoy the splendors of a beautiful autumn.

No fall season is complete without two of our favorite treats: apple cider donuts and halfmoon cookies. I know you can get fresh squeezed cider during this season only, and you can get halfmoon cookies all year long, but lets face it. Neither tastes as good as when you get them from a roadside market or farm store in October!

There are hundreds of places where you can get these seasonal treats. Here is a sampler of "what is out there."

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