Community donates blood in name of wounded DEC officer

MILAN—Members of Milan Fire Department held a blood drive December 10 in the name of State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Officer James Davey, who was shot in the pelvis by a hunter November 29.

Officer Davey and State Environmental Police Lieutenant Eliza Bobseine were investigating a trespassing complaint with shots fired in the area of Silvernails Road in Gallatin that day at about 5 p.m. when Officer Davey was shot.

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DEC Lt. Dave Clayton donates blood. Photo by Jeff Galm

Alan Blanchard, 55, of Gallatin was charged with second degree assault, a class D felony, in connection with the shooting.

Officer Davey underwent extensive surgery at the Mid Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie to repair damage from the gunshot wound. He was in the Intensive Care Unit in stable condition and continues to improve.

Officer Davey, 39, is a 12-year veteran of the force, having graduated from the DEC Basic Police Academy in 2005. He is currently assigned to patrol Columbia County. He is a Division of Criminal Justice Services-Certified Police Instructor, having recently become a certified firearms instructor for the DEC.

According to Gallatin Town Councilman Jeff Galm, Officer Davey’s wife, Nancy, was in attendance at the blood drive which collected 84 pints. DEC officers and State police turned out in force to donate.

People can still donate by going to nyvloodcenter.org to find a donation date, time and place near them.

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