Each week we salute one of Central New York's First Responders whose job is keeping us safe, rescuing us when we are in peril, or saving our life at the darkest moments. Here's a man who does all that and more.

No job puts more variety in the day than serving as a DEC Forest Ranger, like Dylan McCartney. In the picture above, he's working on a prescribed fire in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. But the duty is only one of the many things he does. Ranger McCartney frequently organizes and conducts search and rescues for lost and injured hikers, which often means trying to find someone on a trail in the dark with few clues as to their location.

He's also a teacher and educator in wilderness safety and natural resources so you don't get lost in the dark. Ranger McCartney administers the State's wildland fire-management program to keep our forests healthy and beautiful.

Ranger McCartney, thanks for what you do rescuing and aiding us while putting yourself in peril. And teaching us to be more wise about how dangerous the wilderness can be.

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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 or any other person first on the scene.

Include their name, a picture and why they should be recognized during 'First Responder Friday,' presented by Martin, Harding & Mazzotti.

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.

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