Every Friday we honor the people who help us during our darkest times, often running toward danger when most of us would be going the other direction. This week we send the First Responder Friday salute to Jeffrey Romanick of Clay.

Jeffrey wears so many hats, it's difficult to say he's with a specific agency. He's been serving the community in and around Clay for several years, working with the Clay Fire Department and performing paramedic duties with three ambulance services; American Medical Response of CNY, NAVAC and Eaves. And if those responsibilities weren't hectic enough, Jeffrey is also an Emergency Department Tech at Crouse Hospital.

Another true measure of a man is the impression he leaves on those near him. Jeffrey was nominated by his son, Luke, who tells us, "My dad lives and breaths EMS and introduced me to fire fighting and EMS which is now my whole life and I love it."

Jeffrey thanks for all you do, putting the safety and health of others first while still being a father to your sons. Luke thanks for your service too and recognizing the important role your dad has played.

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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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