Emergency medical services are struggling to respond to calls county-wide, leading Otsego County officials to consider stepping in with supplemental services.
“I’ve been in the service for 47 years. I have never seen it this bad,” said Rep. Dan Wilber, R-Burlington, Edmeston, Exeter, Plainfield, who is a member of the Edmeston Fire Department and Rescue Squad and the chair of the county’s Public Safety and Legal Affairs Committee.
Wilber said he and his fellow PSLA members have been listening to Otsego County Emergency Services Coordinator Art Klingler Jr. and Otsego County E-911 Director Bob O’Brien. Both men have been warning them that a generation of EMS workers are aging out of service or have been discouraged by the lengthy coronavirus pandemic.
“Now it has become very evident that we need to come up with something to assist the locals in the process,” Klinger told the county’s Board of Representative during a special presentation Wednesday, April 7.
The duo made a presentation asking the board to develop a plan for supplemental EMS help, with a county ambulance and/or an advanced life support fly car to assist with response and transportation to people in need of emergency health help.
The overnight snowstorm that continues today has caused a dozen accidents and brought down trees and wires across the county, reports Rob O’Brien, Otsego County 911 director.
“The roads are in very poor condition,” he said. “And we’re dealing with trees and wires down everywhere due to the weight of the snow.”
In Oneonta, city police have begun ticketing cars parked on streets, and reminds drivers if cars must be towed, owners must pay the cost.
In Cooperstown, Village DPW Superintendent Mitch Hotaling declared a snow emergency that began at 10 a.m. and continue until noon Saturday. Parking is prohibited on village streets, and is available in the Doubleday Field Parking Lot.
Milford Mayor Brian Pokorny has also declared a snow emergency in that village through noon tomorrow.
ONEONTA – A SUNY Oneonta student is under arrest for first-degree attempted murder after police allege that he had stabbed his girlfriend in the off-campus apartment they shared.
Julian D. VanCourt-Wels, 20, Schenectady, was arrested after police responded to a 911 call of a stabbing at 30 Maple St., Apartment 2, in Oneonta. According to Police Chief Doug Brenner, police found a female victim sitting on the couch, bleeding profusely from several apparent stab wounds.
SOUTH NEW BERLIN – A 24-year-old Rhode Island man was killed at the Grand Slam Campground during Saturday evening’s violent storm when a tree limb fell onto his tent, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. announced this afternoon.
Ryan Sutcliffe, Cumberland, R.I., was pronounced dead after a tree limb approximately 4 feet in diameter broke off during the storm, landing on his tent while he was sleeping.
EDMESTON – The Otsego County Sheriff’s Department a few minutes ago released surveillance photos from this morning’s robbery at NBT Bank’s branch here.
The suspect is being described as mid-late 20s, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10, with a tall, thin build. He was last seen wearing light colored pants, a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, dark colored shoes, a dark colored knit hat and dark rimmed glasses.
The suspect allegedly entered the bank and demanded money from the teller, then fled with an undetermined amount of cash.