There seems to be a common quality among Central New York 1st Responders, love for what they do. This week we salute Edward Chamberlain with the New York Mills Fire Department. He's been loving what he does for 36 years.

Edward and his wife moved to New York Mills in 1984, he had been an over the road trucker for many years, but he had a passion to help others and a desire to be a fireman.  Unfortunately, his truck driving job kept him away from home. As time passed, he finally got a job permitting him to be home more often and it allowed Ed to follow his dream.

So, I just went down and applied, and I am so glad I did.

Edward began as interior firefighter with the New York Mills Department and currently serves as assistant chief. He became an EMT in 1994 and today handles both duties. Edward was nominated for our First Responder salute by his grandson, Jayden who told us, "My Grampa likes to help people."

When we travel, he always carries his EMT bag with him!

Edward has also spent 29 years with the New York Mills Highway Department. Thanks for what you do Mr. Chamberlain, and thanks to Jayden for recognizing the important role your Grampa serves.

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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