First Responder of the Year

The State Assembly celebrated the 2021 "First Responder of the Year" award recipients at the beginning of our session today. It was an honor to recognize individuals serving as Fire, Police and EMS providers from around the state. We are grateful to each one who serves, and to their families, for their dedication and self sacrifice.

The First Responder of the Year for the 62nd Assembly District is Brian Mueller of Raymond Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Brian was selected from nominations submitted to my office by area fire and rescue departments who serve the 62nd Assembly District. I am honored to recognize Brian Mueller's dedication to serving his community as a first responder.

Nominated by Chief Adam Smith of Raymond Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Brian began serving as a volunteer firefighter in 2007 and responds to daytime emergency calls; this year he has responded to 70 percent of all daytime emergency calls. He is an invaluable member of the response team.

Brian has filled leadership roles, attended and directed trainings, and volunteered on various community projects throughout his First Responder career. He and his wife Tracey own and operate an electronics business in the Village of Raymond, and they have three adult daughters.

The “First Responder of the Year” award was created in 2019 to recognize the brave men and women who serve in our emergency services. State Representatives from each legislative district seek nominations from their communities and select one individual who best exemplifies community service, selflessness and dedication. The list of recipients from this year included police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, canine officers, and all levels of EMS personnel.

Along with providing each award recipient with a legislative citation recognizing their achievement, the State Assembly also passed a resolution declaring October 28th First Responders Appreciation Day.

Congratulations, Brian. Thank you to all First Responders for your service.