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 a pair of Madison County Deputies.

Earlier this summer, Deputy Darren Ladd and Deputy Robert Marriott responded to an unusual call. A report indicated someone was yelling for help in a wooded area on Oxbow Road near Peterboro. On arrival, they found a lawn tractor had rolled over into Oneida Creek and pinned the operator underneath. The individual was struggling to keep his head above water.

The tractor was too heavy for the men to lift themselves, so they waded into the creek and held the victim's head above water until more responders arrived. With more manpower, Deputy Ladd and other responders lifted the tractor, while Deputy Marriott supported the man’s upper body and head.

Once rescued, the driver told deputies he was mowing grass when the tractor slid down an embankment and rolled over into the creek. He had been pinned under it for at least half-an-hour before deputies arrived. Other than fearing for his life, the man only suffered minor injuries.

Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood recognized the deputies quick actions awarding them divisional commendations. Gentlemen, thanks for what you do.  We appreciate the hours of training preparing for just such an incident and having the ability to think and act quickly when most of us would be running in circles.

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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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