Each week we salute one of Central New York's First Responders. Those who come to our recuse no matter the weather, the time of day, or what is going in their own life at the moment. People like Jeff Hubalek.

There's dedication and then there's lifetime commitment. The latter best describes our First Responder Friday salute this week. Jeff Hubalek has been a  member of the Poland Fire Department for 33 years where he just became 3rd Assistant Chief. Jeff also serves as the department's Safety Officer, keeping an eye on everyone at the scene of a fire. And it's no easy task in Poland, one of New York's largest fire protection districts.

The person nominating Jeff calls him a dedicated fireman always putting others first.

Whenever things need to be done, Jeff is always there to lend a hand.

.We salute fireman Hubalek for not only responding in times of peril, but for the countless hours of training and instruction that goes along with being a member of the fire department. And during this time of the year, the work put into executing those delicious fish frys on Friday nights. Just so you know, Poland Fire Department's fish fry comes with a choice of chicken tenders too.  It's a drive thru event tonight from 4 to 7.

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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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