New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents throughout New York State. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers.
Town of Duane
Wilderness Recovery: On September 14th at 4:18 pm, New York State Police requested Forest Ranger assistance with locating an emotionally distressed subject reported missing by family. Ranger Balerno found the subject’s car at Debar Pond at 5:50 pm. At 8:50 pm, Ranger Curcio located the 37-year-old from Owls Head, deceased. The subject was turned over to the county coroner. Rangers Lewis and Praczkajlo and several retired Rangers assisted in the search. Resources were clear at 10:30 .m.
Town of Watson
Suicide Attempt: On September 15th at 12:34 pm, Ranger Hanno responded to a call for an attempted suicide at a home in the town of Watson. Ranger Hanno found the 63-year-old subject in her basement with cuts to both wrists and her husband trying to stop the bleeding. Ranger Hanno wrapped the wrists and applied pressure until Lewis County Search and Rescue paramedics arrived. The patient was taken to the hospital.
If you or someone you know is in need of mental health assistance, help is available. The New York State Office of Mental Health has resources on its website or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Read past Forest Ranger search and rescue reports here.