Most 16-year-old's are focused on their grades in school, if they are going to make their favorite sports team, who they are going to prom with and keeping up on the latest entertainment headlines, but not this special guy.

This week's honoree of First Responder Friday goes to Nick Stokes, a 20-year-old young man who has devoted most of his teenage years to his passion, which fortunately for us is fighting fires and keeping his community safe. Nick was nominated by Sarah Durante who stated that when Nick was 16 years old, he began his journey as a volunteer fireman. That first year, at such a young age, Nick was honored by former U.S. Congresswoman, Claudia Tenney the Rookie Fireman of the year award.

4 years later, Nick finds himself working hard at his full-time job while continuing to volunteer whenever he can.

It's not every day that you see someone so young wanting to take on such big responsibilities. We would like to take the time to thank and really highlight Nick for risking his life and helping others around his community.

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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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