Each week we salute First Responders, the men and women who run in when most of us would run out. While we honor their courage, just as importantly we honor their commitment to the community they serve.  This week we honor George Massarotti with the Whitesboro Fire Department.

Currently, George serves as the Chief with the Whitesboro Fire Department. He first joined the department in May of 1983. Like many First Responders, Chief Massarotti followed in the footsteps of his father and uncle. A lifelong resident of the Village, he's the first chief to be from Whitesboro since 1979.

He's also a career firefighter, retiring from the Fort Drum Fire and Emergency Services as Assistant Chief of Training. George is also a Fire Protection Specialist with the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control in Oriskany and also served as a New York State Fire Instructor.

Chief Massarotti was nominated for recognition by two individuals, which is a great indication as to how deep the commitment runs. One of those nominating him says, "Fire fighting and teaching fire fighting has always been a passion for George."

always the person who’s organizing a charity event or any event to help those out in need. He’s the most compassionate, caring, loving and selfless person I know!

Thanks Chief Massarotti for your lifelong commitment to not just firefighting, but teaching others to excel at it as well.

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, front line workers, or any other person first on the scene.

Include their name, a picture and why they should be recognized during 'First Responder Friday." 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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