Youth walking on Route 9 at 4:30 a.m. dies when struck by truck

CLERMONT—A 14-year-old pedestrian was killed when he or she was struck by a truck at 1972 State Route 9, September 23 at 4:51 a.m.

State Police are investigating the fatal motor vehicle crash on State Route 9 near County Route 8. Their initial investigation found that at about 4:50 a.m., a northbound 2007 Ford F550 struck the teen, who was walking in the roadway.

The teen was pronounced dead on the scene by responding Northern Dutchess Paramedics, according to State Police, who have not released the name of the deceased youth or the driver of the truck.

Columbia County 911 called Clermont firefighters and Northern Dutchess Paramedics to the scene. A Life Net helicopter was placed on standby but was not needed.

Coroner Bernadette Powis was summoned to the scene.

Roads were closed in the area for sometime and the

NYS Department of Transportation was called in to assist.

This investigation is ongoing.

State Police Public Information Officer Trooper Aaron Hicks had nothing new to report on the case as of September 28.

Anyone with information regarding this crash or the events that led up to it is asked to contact the State Police at 845-677-7300. Refer to case #11062503.


Fourteen people received emergency aid from the American Red Cross after fire drove them from their apartments at 26 Elmwood Avenue, September 26 at 12:24 p.m. The building contained six apartments.

The Red Cross provided financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing to five households consisting of eight adults and six children, ranging in age from two months to 17. Volunteers also offered emotional support, comfort kits containing personal care items, and stuffed animals for the children. In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by the fire as they navigate the road to recovery.

Columbia 911 initially called Philmont firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad to the scene.

Mutual aid was subsequently summoned from Mellenville, Greenport, Claverack, Hudson, Ancram and Churchtown.

State Police, county Fire Coordinators and the county EMS coordinator assisted on scene.

The Cause and Origin Team and NYSEG were requested to scene. No injuries were reported but Greenport Rescue obtained an RMA on scene, according to County 911. Numerous pets were rescued from the burning building.

The Code Enforcement officer was also on scene.

Firefighters were back in service at 4:01 p.m.

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Valatie squad reduces use of lights and sirens

VALATIE—The Valatie Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. (VRS) continually strives to adopt response and patient care guidelines that are based on the latest research, according to a recent press release from Valatie Rescue Squad Executive Director Scott L. Bowman, BA, EMT-P, CACO.

Recently a group of 13 national EMS organizations published a group position paper on the use of lights and sirens (L&S) by EMS units. This paper compiled an enormous amount of

data and showed that L&S are over-used and further, that their use makes very little difference in patient outcomes.

VRS has prided itself on being a leader in the EMS industry. VRS has been the first in the county or region to have implemented many policies and procedures which are now the standard. VRS has also prided itself in placing patient, crew, and public safety above all else. With this in mind, VRS has

decided to follow the guidance of these national industry organizations and reduce the use of L&S by its staff during response to emergencies and transport to the hospital, the release said.

It is the hope of the leadership at VRS that the example being set by the organization will be followed by other emergency services organizations. “The safety of the public we are tasked with serving is of utmost importance. The little amount of time that is saved by driving with lights and sirens has been shown clearly to have virtually no effect on patient outcomes. It is important that we are doing those things which we know definitively are helping our patients. It is also important that we not do those things which have the potential of hurting people while having no discernible positive impact on patient outcomes,” Executive Director Bowman said in the release. Over a dozen studies show that the average time saved with L&S response or transport ranges from 42 seconds to 3.8 minutes. Alternatively, L&S response increases the chance of an EMS vehicle crash by 50% and almost triples the chance of crash during patient transport. Meanwhile, patients are receiving potentially lifesaving interventions in only 6.9% of these calls.

Despite changes to Standard Operating Procedures, the Paramedic-in-charge will always have the latitude to use good clinical judgment in deciding whether the use of L&S has a high likelihood of positively impacting the patient’s outcome. “Administratively, we never want to come between the

Paramedic and their good clinical decision-making. The staff at VRS always have the patient’s and public’s best interests in mind,” Mr. Bowman stated in the release.

Troopers headed to Puerto Rico for relief mission

50 state troopers departed to assist the Puerto Rico Police Department with traffic control and other law enforcement missions as needed, primarily in Aguadilla and Arecibo. Photo contributed

ALBANY—State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen and Commissioner Jackie Bray of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services recently announced that a contingent of 50 state troopers left for Puerto Rico to help the island nation as it recovers from the devastation left behind in the wake of Hurricane Fiona.

The first wave of 50 troopers, along with 69 New Jersey State troopers, flew out of JFK airport at about 10 a.m. the morning of September 24 bound for Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The flight was donated by Jet Blue Airlines.

In a press release, State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen said, “New York State Troopers have always answered the call for assistance wherever it’s needed, from Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, to our first assistance mission in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Our troopers will be on the ground assisting our partners with the Puerto Rico Police Department with public safety and recovery efforts as long as necessary.”

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said in the release, “We are grateful to the team of state troopers deploying to Puerto Rico to help keep the public safe in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona. As New Yorkers, we are always available to support others in their times of need. DHSES and our state agency partners stand ready to assist with additional requests, as we are committed to helping Puerto Rico recover from the devastating impacts of this hurricane.”

The 50 NYS Troopers who departed this morning will be assisting the Puerto Rico Police Department with traffic control and other law enforcement missions as needed, primarily in Aguadilla and Arecibo. A second group of 50 Troopers will also be deployed in the coming weeks.

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