(WBNG) — A Southern Tier resident has volunteered himself to be a participant in a COVID-19 vaccine trial. “John F. Kennedy once said, ‘ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country,’ Fortier quotes. While any trial has its risks, Fortier says he takes a chance every time he responds to a fire. He says volunteering himself for the vaccine trial is something he needed to do. Fortier is not new to vaccine trials. In 2016, he participated in another trial for a respiratory system attacking virus called “RSV.” “I think this is what he meant and you know if this study or any study that come prove and it saves someones’ family or loved one, that they have to lose, its a great accomplishment,” he told 12 News. Volunteer firefighter Ken Fortier started the trial with two injections and will be checked over the next two weeks. He says the trial need people as they are only at half-capacity.