ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY)--On September 11th, 2001, first responders in New York and Washington D.C. woke up that morning having no idea what would unfold that day. Out of the 2,977 lives that were lost, 403 of them were first responders..

17 years later, we are still honoring those brave men and women.

But even after the September 11th attacks, first responders still put their life on the line every day. One specific man, Trooper Nicholas Clark, lost his life this past July while responding to a domestic violence call.

“I'm proud of the new work that all the first responders in this area do and am so proud of Nick Clark, I can't tell you how proud I am of him and it's a... I think about him every day... I miss that kid like he was one of my own,” says Captain George DelNagro

Today, Trooper Clark was honored this September 11th with the First Responder of the Year award which was accepted on his behave by his father Tony and his brother Nate Clark.  

“We had several nominations but his name just went to the top and it was unanimous choice without much discussion,” says Ernest Danforth, Chair of the First Responders honor Park Community.

Trooper Clark’s name can now found on one of the bricks at the First Responder Park in Gang Mills amongst others.

If you would like to visit, the park is located at 41 Forest Dr. Painted Post, NY 14870