Saving lives is a way of life for one Central New York First Responder who's been a pillar in his community for more than 30 years. Recognition for everything he's done is long overdue.

Meet Nelson Halladay

Meet Nelson Halladay. He's been saving lives in his community for 30 years.

Halladay lives in Oneida and is a full-time paid EMT who currently works at Vineall Ambulance, Greater Lenox Ambulance, and Madison County. If that's not enough, he's also a volunteer firefighter.

Credit - Jared Kirstein
Credit - Jared Kirstein

Pillar in the Community

Jared Kirstein met Halladay by chance. He came upon an accident 12 years ago and the two have been best friends ever since. "My kids call him Uncle Nelson."

Kirstein isn't the only one who considers Nelson family. Everyone in the community knows him and loves everything he does. Kirstein believes Nelson has never gotten the true recognition he deserves for being a pillar in the community for over 30 years.

He's willing to go above and beyond no matter how tired he is. He's 100% prepared 100% of the time in firefighting and EMS.

Nelson is the one person who can always be counted on whenever an emergency arises. From the calls he's taken to the lives he's saved, Kirstein says the community would be lost without Nelson.

We honor Nelson as our First Responder of the week for First Responder Friday and thank him for all his sacrifices he makes for this community.

Credit - Jared Kirstein
Credit - Jared Kirstein

Nominate a First Responder

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 officer, military, rescuer, front-line worker, 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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