I-87 crash deadly for local man and driver he helped

MALTA—A former Columbia County resident was killed in a multi-car fatal accident while assisting another driver on I-87, the Northway in Saratoga County, February 6 at 3:49 a.m.

A preliminary investigation by State Police determined that Fred Baxtrome, 59, of Fort Edward was traveling in the center lane of I-87 south in 2016 Honda SUV when he was struck from behind by 2018 Buick SUV operated by Jesica B. Dorronsoro, 28, of Halfmoon. Ms. Dorronsoro lost control of her vehicle, crossed the median, and came to rest in the center lane of I-87 northbound.

Two passengers in the Baxtrome vehicle were taken to Saratoga Hospital for evaluation.

While Ms. Dorronsoro’s SUV was disabled in the center lane of I-87 northbound, she was assisted by passing motorist, David H. Johnson, 54, of Stony Creek. Both Ms. Dorronsoro and Mr. Johnson were standing behind the Dorronsoro vehicle when they were struck by a northbound box truck operated by Jennifer Aidoo, 34, of New Britain, CT. Ms. Dorronsoro and Mr. Johnson were both declared dead at the scene. Mr. Johnson was formerly a Columbia County resident. A complete obituary for Mr. Johnson appears online at www.columbiapaper.com and on Page 19 of the print issue. Ms. Aidoo was not injured in the collision. The crash remains under investigation.

Canaan

Canaan firefighters were called to help a “dog stuck in an icy pond” at 241 Tunnel Hill Road, February 12 at 6:24 a.m. Red Rock firefighters were called in to provide mutual aid.

The center of the pond was open water due to a bubbler type of aerator.

A firefighter clad in an ice rescue suit went in the water to save the Blue Heeler (Australian cattle dog), which was in the water for an estimated 20 minutes. The dog was removed from the pond unharmed and seemed fine according to firefighters on the scene. Firefighters were back in service at 7:18 a.m.

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Bidding farewell to a fire chief.  A funeral for New Lebanon Fire Chief Matthew J. Larabee, 55, who died February 7 after suffering a cardiac event, took place from the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, Stephentown, February 12. Canaan and Red Rock firefighters are pictured saluting while standing along Route 20 near the New Lebanon Firehouse as the funeral procession passed. A United States flag was displayed over Route 20 using the ladder trucks of Red Rock and Chatham. Pictured (l-r) are Donald Fischer of the Red Rock company; Jayson McKay of the Canaan company; Christopher Templin, Canaan; Melissa Eigenbrodt, Mace Sawyer and Tab Eigenbrodt, all of the Red Rock company. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

Cabin consumed by fire. Columbia County 911 dispatched the Ghent Task Force and Chatham Rescue January 27 at 10:30 a.m. for a reported chimney fire at 367 Fowler Lake Road in the Town of Ghent. Command reported a fully-involved structure fire in an unoccupied rental cabin and difficulty getting access to the scene with apparatus. Mutual aid companies were: Chatham, Austerlitz, West Ghent, Greenport and Kinderhook. The Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office, State Police and New York State Electric & Gas were on the scene. Main Care was requested to the scene. Firefighters were back in service at 1:48 p.m. Photo by Jeff Radley

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