Each week we salute First Responders who are running toward the danger when most of us would be headed the other way. This week we salute, paramedic, police officer, and teacher Don Kane

We often says our First Responders wear many hats, in Don's case it's many hats and a few helmets too. He began his career at the age of 17 volunteering with Schuyler Fire Company, rising to the roles of EMS Captain and Chief. He still serves with the company while being a flight paramedic with Mercy Flight out of the Rome Hospital. Don began that aspect of his career 16 years ago, and was instrumental in bringing those emergency services into our area.

As the old TV commercials used to say, "but wait there's more." Don is also Chief of EMS with Mohawk Valley Ambulance Corps and handles patrol duties with the Mohawk Police Department. Don is married with three children and while all those duties sound like a pretty full plate, he still finds time to teach. He trains others in handling emergency situations with local fire departments and other responders.

Don, thanks for a lifetime commitment of helping others when they are at the lowest point, and sharing your knowledge so others can help too.

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