SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) honored police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics during First Responders Appreciation Day at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 1. First Responders Appreciation Day was presented by Brookview Village.  

 The day featured free grandstand admission for all first responders with proper identification. NYRA welcomed local police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics to the winner's circle for the day's second race, which was named in honor of first responders.

Numerous local police, fire and emergency service departments hosted activities and demonstrations at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion throughout the afternoon, including the distribution of children's identification cards from the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office and a child safety seat demonstration from the New York State Police. Additionally, children in attendance were invited to be fitted for a free bicycle helmet, courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County.

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Other agencies and organizations represented on-track during the day included Clifton Park EMS; Mechanicville Police Department; New York State Association of Fire Chiefs; Saratoga County Office of Mental Health; Saratoga Springs Fire Department; Saratoga Springs Police Department; and the Stop the Bleed program at Albany Medical Center. Young fans enjoyed face painting from Stellar Face and Body Art and caricature drawings from artist Phil Singer.

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