Students, driver hailed as heroes

TICONDEROGA A Ticonderoga Central School bus driver and five students are being honored as heroes for saving the life of an accident victim. Bob Chamberlain, the driver, and students Nadine Mars, Nicholas Mars, Rourk Nielsen, Eric Nielsen and Katie Minor were cited at a ceremony Feb. 4 at Moses-Ludington Hospital. The crew is credited with saving Roxanne Dore, 47, of Chilson. Dore lost control of her car at about 9 p.m. Jan. 31 on Canfield Road, Ticonderoga town police said. Her car slid off the road, down an embankment and into a brook, trapping her inside the vehicle. She eventually got free of the car, but only managed to crawl to the side of the road. Thats were Chamberlain and the students found her at about 7 a.m. Feb. 1, suffering from hypothermia, frostbite and exhaustion. Chamberlain, Nicholas Mars, Rourk Neilson and Eric Nielsen lifted Doe onto the bus as Nadine Mars ran to a nearby house to call 911. Once on the bus, Chamberlain turned the vehicles heat up while the students wrapped Dore in their coats to warm her. Chamberlain also attempted to use the bus radio to call for help. With limited service, he contacted a Crown Point Central School bus driver on Stony Lonesome Road who was then able to contact his garage, which also made a 911 call. They then waited about 10 minutes for emergency personnel to arrive. Nadine Mars is a senior and Nicholas Mars a freshman at Ti High School. Rourk Nielsen is an eighth grader and Eric Nielsen a sixth grader at Ti Middle School. Katie Minor is a fourth grade student at Ti Elementary School. There is no doubt the driver and these youngsters saved this ladys life, Dr. C. Sue Freyhofer, an emergency-room physician at Moses-Ludington Hospital, said. They did the right thing to bundle her in their coats and get her on that bus. Sue Bouchard of the Ticonderoga Emergency Squad was the first responder on the scene. When I got there they (Chamberlain and the students) had things well in hand, she said. Her body temperature was starting to come up and she was getting warm. They saved her life. The students and Chamberlain were given awards of valor by the Ticonderoga Volunteer Fire Department. You did a fabulous job, Assistant Chief Matthew Watts told them. It took us 10 minutes to get there. She needed your help. Also offering praise during the ceremony were Steve Burroughs, Ti assistant fire chief; Bill Norton, Ti assistant fire chief; Fred Hunsdon, chief of the Chilson Fire Department; Mike LaVallie of the Ti Police Department; Mike Vigilotti, director of transportation at Ti school; Bruce Tubbs, Ti Middle School principal; John McDonald, Ti school superintendent; and Bob Dedrick, town supervisor. It was a total team effort, from the kids to the professionals Dedrick said. But none of this could have happened if these students had not stepped up to help. Ticonderoga Emergency Squad took Dore to Moses-Ludington Hospital, where she was admitted, then transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Dore, should be released soon from Fletcher Allen Health Care, where she was treated for hypothermia and frostbite.

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