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Statement from the PBA of NYS on the Columbia County Incident

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

For Immediate Release: 

November 30, 2016

STATEMENT FROM PETER BARRY, PRESIDENT OF THE PBA OF NEW YORK STATE REGARDING THE COLUMBIA COUNTY INCIDENT RESULTING IN THE INJURY OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION OFFICER.

Late on Tuesday afternoon, James Davey a member of the PBA of New York State, and an on-duty Environmental Conservation officer in Columbia County, suffered a gunshot wound stemming from an investigation of shots fired in the area. 

The officer received immediate and critical first aid from Lieutenant Liza Bobseine. He was further treated on the scene and transported to a local hospital where he received advanced medical care associated with wound to the upper leg. Surgeons controlled the bleeding, and at this time the officer is recovering.

The PBA of New York State responded to the Hudson Valley hospital and offered support to the officers’ family. We will continue to be by their side and offer our prayers for a rapid and complete recovery.

Environmental Conservation officers and their counterparts, the University Police serving on state college campuses; Park Police at state historic and recreational sites; and the state Forest Rangers serving in remote areas of the state, have dangerous jobs.

The hunting season is among the most challenging for Environmental Conservation officers - due to the presence of firearms – and yesterday’s incident underscores that fact. There are no days without risk or peril.

While this matter is under criminal review, we will refrain from any comment related to the status of the investigation.

To all our members we urge vigilance. They are among the most highly trained and specialized members of law enforcement in the country. We are proud of the work they do every day. They can count on us to stand with them during each and every tour.