Imagine running a successful business while raising two children on your own and still being able to find time to volunteer at your local fire department. That's this week's First Responder.

Meet Jen Hoyt

Jen Hoyt is a single mother with 2 children. She runs a pet grooming booth at Peaceful Paws and even makes house calls.

Jen just purchased her own home, one of life's most stressful things. And despite all that, she still finds time to volunteer at the Fire Department in New York Mills.

Credit - NY Mills Fire Dept/Facebook
Credit - NY Mills Fire Dept/Facebook

Course Complete

Jen completed one of her initial exams and is already on to the next. The course consisted of more than 80 hours of classroom and hands-on sessions and culminated with written and practical exams for both portions.

Does Jen ever sleep?

Eric Pawlick nominated Jen, who he's known for almost 18 years.

"What she is doing and the time she gives to the fire department, I cannot express how proud I am of her."

Thank you Jen for your dedication and for giving up what precious time you have left to give back.

Credit - Jen Hoyt
Credit - Jen Hoyt

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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Below are individuals wanted by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's (DOCCS) Office of Special Investigations who have been designated as its Most Wanted Fugitives. They should be considered armed and dangerous. This list is current as of 2/01/2024:

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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