Community service runs deep through this fire fighter's family tree. And he is still keeping that tradition strong today.

Credit - Dougie Urben via Facebook
Credit - Dougie Urben via Facebook

Meet Dougie Urben

Dougie has been a first responder since he was in diapers. As a long time member of the Hubbardsville Fire Department, his years of experience and dedication to his community are showcased daily in his character.

Urben actually comes from a long line of firemen and women. His grandfather served as a fireman for over 30-years, inspiring everyone he worked with. His grandmother was also a member, encouraging his father to join the team when he was old enough.

Credit - Dougie Urben via Facebook
Credit - Dougie Urben via Facebook

Dougie hopes to keep the tradition going strong, as he is happy to welcome his baby boy to the Hubbardsville Fire Department family. Fire fighting is in his blood, and nothing makes Douglas happier than protecting his family and community in his uniform.

These kind of upbringings are very rare. Doug has always been there when that bell goes off... at every practice and there whenever needed.

Thank you Dougie for everything you do. Not only are you an inspiration to your family and department, but you're setting an example for everyone else in your community as well.

Credit - Dougie Urben via Facebook
Credit - Dougie Urben via Facebook

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<strong> Bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes.</strong>

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