UTICA, N.Y. -- Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon honored first responders outside of the Utica State Office Building on Friday morning, declaring Oct. 8 as First Responders Day in New York.
On the front quad, a ceremony took place where Buttenschon recognized and applauded first responders from the local area.
First responders were thanked for the heroic work and sacrifice that they make in the line of duty.
“I can say the importance of our first responders, it is a national recognition but I think the state of New York and my colleagues need to be reminded of the importance. I was able to co-sponsor this resolution in the assembly and I'll do it every year. I just think we need to take a breath and remember all that they do for us," says Buttenschon.
Utica Coffee Roasting Company and Holland Farms Bakery and Deli donated coffee and pastries for the event as another way to say "thank you" to local first responders.