Being a volunteer firefighter is about so much more than just fighting fires. Our First Responder of the Week is living proof.

Meet Daniel Friebel

Daniel Friebel lives his life as a fireman. He went to Schenectady County for fire technology before moving back to where he grew up in Waterville New York to be an integral member of the Fire Department. He has worked his way up in the department, representing many positions over the years.

Friebel's helps when no one else is available and is always a call away if anyone needs him.

Credit - Nathaniel Parry
Credit - Nathaniel Parry

Redoing Firehouse

The firehouse suffered serious water damage and Friebel's nephew Nathaniel Parry says he spent many hours on his own time redoing the upstairs, building cabinets, a new bar, and saving pieces of history.

There was a lots of sweat, tears and frustration, putting his own ideas into place and setting it up so it was once again functional and useful.

Keeping Memory Alive

From representing his fire department in parades, or golf tournaments, Friebel keeps the memory of his fellow friend and firefighter Jerky alive in all he does.

Credit - Waterville Volunteer Fire Department/Facebook
Credit - Waterville Volunteer Fire Department/Facebook

Follow in Footsteps

Friebel also works full-time at FedEx and is the most loving father to his kids, two cats named Stan and Sullivan.

Parry says he's also the greatest uncle and role model. His dedication and commitment have rubbed off. Parry and his brother now want to us follow in Friebel's footsteps

Nominate a First Responder

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 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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