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Governor Cuomo fetes Rangers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo held ceremonies recently to honor the Forest Rangers who participated in the Feb. 21 rescue efforts.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo held ceremonies recently to honor the Forest Rangers who participated in the Feb. 21 rescue efforts.

— Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today recognized the nine Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers and the dispatcher involved in the rescue of three men whose plane crashed in the Adirondack Mountains last week. Governor Cuomo commended the men and woman for their heroic efforts to save the lives of the survivors in sub-zero temperatures.

“The actions of these Forest Rangers exemplify the unwavering dedication and tireless commitment of the men and women charged with keeping New Yorkers and those who visit our state safe,” Governor Cuomo said. “These Forest Rangers saved lives and should be commended for their bravery and service to New York State.”

“Last week’s rescue of three plane crash survivors is just the latest example of how vital our Forest Rangers are when a crisis strikes. They are specially trained and they are special men and women,” Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said. “I’m very proud of the heroism and dedication of our Forest Rangers.”

The Forest Rangers, all based out of DEC’s Region 5 office in Ray Brook, recognized by Governor Cuomo are: Forest Ranger Lt. Charles Platt, nearly 20 years as a Forest Ranger; Forest Ranger Kevin Burns, 14 years of service as a Forest Ranger; Forest Ranger Peter Evans, 14 years of service as a Forest Ranger; Forest Ranger James Giglinto, 17 years of service as a Forest Ranger; Forest Ranger Thomas Gliddi, 16 years of service as a Forest Ranger; Forest Ranger Chris Kostoss, 14 years of service as a Forest Ranger; Forest Ranger Joseph LaPierre, 14 years of service as a Forest Ranger; Forest Ranger David Russell, 8 years of service as a Forest Ranger; Forest Ranger Scott VanLaer, 16 years of service as a Forest Ranger; and Dispatcher Alicia Bodmer, 16 years as a Dispatcher

At 6:32 p.m. Feb. 21, DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook was contacted by State Police seeking Forest Ranger response to a plane crash in a wooded area near the Lake Placid Airport. Temperatures were in the single digits and fell to sub-zero overnight.

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