Our First Responder Friday salutes a man who has been part of the Clinton Fire Department for more than 30 years. Jim Scoones began with the department in 1986, climbing the ranks to become Chief.

While battling blazes is the main focus of any firefighter, there is so much more to being an integral part of a department and community. Jim played a role in the construction of a new training center for the department and worked to get a grant equipping personnel with 44 new air packs.

Jim retired as Chief of the Clinton Fire Department earlier this month, although we doubt he's just sitting around the house as he remains part of the force. Jim thanks for your service, and thanks to David Scoones (a firefighter himself) for nominating him.

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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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