There may have never been a more difficult time to be a police officer, than now. Even so it doesn't deter the dedication of this week's First Responder Friday honoree. Meet Joshua Austin with the Utica Police Department.

Josh is a Field Investigative Officer with the Utica Police Department. A role focusing on removing illegal guns off our streets. His service began when he was just 17 years old and has included deployment to Afghanistan in 2012. And he still serves with the Army Reserve.

Joshua's wife, Samantha says even with all the turmoil currently in the air, he remains just as dedicated in his service to our community and country. All while being married and raising a daughter.

Joshua, thanks for all you've done and continue to do in keeping our country and community safe.

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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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