Buttenschon honors first responders

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TOWN OF MARCY — Ten local law enforcement and fire service agencies were honored on Tuesday by state Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon for working together to help a suicidal woman last month.

Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, presented each of the agencies with a proclamation from the Assembly recognizing their work. The ceremony was held at the Maynard Fire Station on Maynard Drive.

“What you do for us, it can’t go unnoticed,” Buttenschon stated.

“As a society, we understand that those three numbers (9-1-1) are something we take for granted, as we know that each one of them are here for us. But personally, today, I want to take the opportunity, on behalf of the New York State Assembly, to say ‘thank you’. Thank you for all that you do.”

Buttenschon recognized the New York State Police, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Yorkville Police Department, Whitesboro Police Department, New York Mills Police Department, Maynard Fire Department, Whitesboro Fire Department, Oriskany Fire Department, Kunkel Ambulance and the Oneida County 9-1-1 Center.

At 2:52 p.m. May 16, these agencies were dispatched to a distraught woman hanging off the Route 291 bridge over the Barge Canal, officials said. State police were first on the scene and grabbed the woman to keep her from falling or jumping, authorities said.

Rescue personnel responded to assist in recovering the woman, with some agencies launching rescue boats in the water below as a precaution.

While holding the woman in place and speaking to her, two firefighters and a police officer climbed into the bucket of a ladder truck and lowered themselves down to grab her and pull her to safety. Officials said the woman was treated at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica.

“In the volunteer fire service, those who volunteer do so without the expectation of recognition or remuneration. Today’s event is highly unusual an unexpected, but is very much appreciated,” said Maynard Deputy Fire Chief Randy Caldwell.

“This incident was another fine example of a multi-agency response, which was well-coordinated and, most importantly, ended with a very favorable outcome.”

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