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First Responders Celebrate Homecoming of Homer Firefighter (Photos Included)


The cold weather didn’t stop anyone headed to the Homer Fire Station on Thursday to welcome back home Bob Johnson of the Homer Fire Department.

Johnson suffered a cardiac event during a structure fire back on February 24th on Haights Gulf Rd. Luckily though, TLC Ambulance was on scene as well as other trained EMTs to assist Johnson and quickly take him to Upstate University Hospital.

“Thank God TLC was on the scene and fire. They got him back (to the hospital) in a timely manner and saved his life.” Said Homer Fire Department Board President Tim Maxson.

The welcoming party included first responders from Homer, Preble, Cortland, and Cortlandville Fire Departments as well as TLC Ambulance, New York State Police, Homer Police, and officials from the Village of Homer.

Bob waved to the crowd as the vehicle he was in pulled into the fire station. He stepped out of the pickup with smiles and waves as numerous first responders and Village of Homer officials welcomed him.

X101 spoke more with Tim Maxson who had this to say about what this community is about.

“It’s pretty awesome that everybody with short notice that we found out he (Johnson) was coming home today. We got everybody and Chiefs got together and got some fire departments and it shows the brotherly and sisterly love of the fire departments we have here in New York, Central New York, Cortland County. We all stick together… we’d do the same thing for anybody in the whole county.” Maxson said about the large welcoming home.

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