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PBA of New York State Commends Members Who Assisted Kaaterskill Falls Accident Victims

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The PBA of NYS is praising the work of 11 Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers for their work in rescuing two injury victims this weekend – a female, 26, who slid and fell a total of 80 feet and a male, 25, who fell while ice climbing.

The rescues, which took place in the 7620-acre Kaaterskill Wild Forest in Greene and Ulster counties, occurred one hour and five miles apart on Sunday, Jan. 29.

Those forest rangers involved in the rescues include Lt. Dave Pachan, rangers Robert Dawson, Christine Nelson, Hannah O'Connor, and forest rangers Jeff Breigle, Katie Fox, Jason Seeley, Dylan McCartney, Dave Nally, Melissa Milano and Kevan Slade.

“We salute the professionalism and bravery of those involved in Sunday’s rescue at Katterskill,” said Drew Cavanagh, PBA secretary and forest rangers superior officers director. “New York’s wilderness areas are inviting, but they can also be dangerous. We are very pleased that the victims were able to be rescued and that no other injuries occurred. Finally, we urge all visitors to practice safety and diligence when enjoying state land.”

The PBA of NYS also thanks the following agencies for their assistance during the rescues: Haines Falls FD, Tannersville FD, Pallenville FD, Cedar Grove FD, Hunter Ambulance, Greene County Paramedics, Hunter PD and a state trooper who responded.

The PBA of New York State is the exclusive bargaining agent for the New York State University (SUNY) Police, the New York State Environmental Conservation Police, the New York State Park Police, and the New York State Forest Rangers. Our members police and protect New York State’s public universities and colleges; state parks and historic sites; and they enforce state laws and protect our lands and forests and ensure environmental safety and quality throughout the state.