FLY CREEK — Assistant fire chiefs Jess Lanza and Henry Hight responded to a call that saved a town highway crewman’s life on Tuesday, July 13.
A crewman had gotten his boots stuck in a culvert in the area of Christian Hill after a beaver dam collapse caused rushing water to drag him into the collapsed and damaged pipe.
“It was actually just a mile from my house, so I was first on the scene,” Lanza said.
There he found two people holding the man from the water.
“We needed to essentially sling him and prevent him from going any further,” Lanza said.
The firefighters used a rescue sling which was able to hoist him up. Less than a minute afterwards, an ambulance arrived, which took him to the hospital. The crewman was “visibly exhausted,” but they say he only suffered minor injuries.
“It was a big relief when we got him about,” Hight said.
FLY CREEK — The Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Department is creating and nurturing future firefighters with its junior firefighter program and four young men have already reaped the benefits while serving their community.
Three junior firefighters including Troy Hight, 18, Wayton Cassell, 14, and Connor Voulo, 17, have all been training as Fly Creek firefighters.
“I’m sort of an outcast in school,” Hight said. He said he was referring to his feelings about high school course work, but he found a home with the fire department. His father encouraged him to join, calling it an “amazing experience.”
“It’s a really big family,” Hight said.
Cassell said he was introduced to the fire department by a friend and is considering as a career in firefighting either in California or New York City.
FLY CREEK – Yvonne Megan Chandler-Colby, 54, of Fly Creek, died Sept. 25, 2020, at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., after an extended struggle against cancer and heart failure, while being transported via ambulance to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Born Yvonne Megan Chandler on Feb. 2, 1966, at Bassett Hospital, she was a daughter of George Henry and Nancy (Hunt) Chandler and was baptized Episcopal at Christ Church in Cooperstown. Raised in Fly Creek, she graduated from Cooperstown Central School, Class of 1984. She married Dean Robert Colby August 31, 1991, in Fly Creek.
Among ruminations that “we’ve come a long way in 12 years,” the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company’s Emergency Squad gathered to welcome a brand new Horton Ambulance as it arrived at the station at 5 p.m. today. Officers posing with the squad’s pride and joy are, from left, Fire Chief Chris Voulo, 1st Assistant Jess Lanza, Second Assistants Henry Hight and Adam Kantor, Squad Capt. Rick Kelly, and Fire Police Capt. John Phillips, joined by other EMTs and volunteers. Inset, Kelly helps wash down the new vehicle, which replaces a second-hand one bought a dozen years ago from Alabama. “It served us well,” Kelly said, but “we thought Fly Creek deserves the best.” The ambulance includes a power-load system for stretchers, four-wheel drive, state of the art controls and LED lights. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)