A remarkable teenager is making a difference in Central New York.

Meet Luke Prevade

Luke Prevade is only 17 years old and he's a First Responder for not one but three fire departments.

At the age of 15 Luke became a Jr. Volunteer fireman. He passed the test and became a Nationally Certified Emergency Medical Technician when he was 16.

A year later Luke was accepted into the co-op program at school and now works at a 3rd fire station 4 days a week.

"If he is home and the siren goes off he never misses a call no matter what time of the day or night, he will always respond," said Cyndee Dedilion. "People should know that teenagers can make a difference in their communities and surrounding towns."

Thank you Luke for keeping your community safe and proving teens can make a difference.

Credit - Cyndee Bedilion
Credit - Cyndee Bedilion

Nominate a First Responder

Do you know a first responder who deserves to be recognized for their hard work and dedication?

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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NEVER attempt to apprehend a fugitive yourself. If you have information on the location of any of these fugitives, you can contact OSI 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to report it. All leads and tips are treated as confidential information.

If an immediate response is necessary, such as you see the wanted person at a location, please call “911” and report it to the police.

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