Every Friday we honor the people who help us during our darkest times. This week we send the First Responder Friday salute to a veteran dispatcher Judy Puma.

Can you imagine a more stressful job than answering the calls of people who are in pure panic mode? Judy Puma has been doing it for 21 years with the Oneida County 911 Center. Remaining calm when on the other end of the line is someone trying to explain their emergency at a fast rate of speed can't be easy. Then, Judy has to get the proper location, the type of emergency, and determine a proper response team.

Judy was nominated by her son, Derek who tells us she has experienced some health problems herself this year and could use a little pick-me-up. Judy thanks for keeping your head while those around you are surely losing theirs. And for 21 years of serving you community in the most crucial of times. May all the good you've shown others come back to you ten-fold.

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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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