Our First Responder Friday is a posthumous honor this week. David Pearsall spent 45 years with the Morrisville Fire Department, but he was far more than a firefighter. Thanks to his daughter-in-law, Lisa Pearsall for sharing the story.

David was a Captain with the Morrisville Fire Department, spending 45 years battling fires and extricating people from motor vehicle accidents. Lisa says he was always smiling and helping others. The sad reality of this story would pull at the heartstrings of the coldest of hearts.

David was killed in a motor vehicle accident just 3 days before Christmas in 2019. Lisa told us, "Christmas was his favorite holiday" and he spent that fateful day doing something he had done for years, dressing as Santa and delivering toys to kids on the firetruck. Following dinner with family and friends that evening, he was killed and his wife severely injured in the accident.

Thanks for sharing the story Lisa and thanks for your service too. To David's family, thank you for sharing such a wonderful man with the rest of us. This honor was long overdue.

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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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