To the Editor:
As chief of Chilson Volunteer Fire Department I want to publicly thank the members of our department for their roles in saving the life of the truck driver whose rig went off Route 74 and into Eagle Lake in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 7.
And as incident commander at the scene of the accident, I also want to thank all the members of the Ticonderoga Volunteer Fire Company and Schroon Lake Volunteer Fire Department who responded to the mutual aid call, and the members of the Ticonderoga Emergency Squad, all of whom took an active and essential part in the rescue.
In fact, “mutual aid” is almost too mild a term to describe what happened that morning – all the responders on scene swung into action smoothly and effectively, working as one unit. This was especially true of the five men who went into the water to accomplish a difficult and dangerous extraction under near-impossible conditions.
Cody Duval and Seth Hunsdon of Chilson VFD, and Eugene Alteri, Kyle Stonitsch and Matthew Watts of Ticonderoga VFD, worked smoothly together as a team, their years of training, practice and experience paying off in another life saved.
Ticonderoga Police Chief Mark Johns and his officers secured the scene in their usual professional manner. And none of our efforts might even have been possible without the quick-thinking response of off-duty State Department of Environmental Conservation Officer Steve Stubing, who found the submerged truck and driver, called the accident in, stayed to reassure the driver, and then took emergency steps to contain oil that had spilled into the lake.
All of these brave and selfless volunteers are citizens in the finest sense of the word, and I am proud to serve alongside them.
Steve Hunsdon, Chief
Chilson Volunteer Fire Department