Ridge FD Gator Handles Rescue Response in Woods
By JOHN WALTHERS, Senior Correspondent | September 13, 2020 | NEW YORK
Story No. 091320121
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosRidge FD Special Operations Gator comes out of the woods with an injured ATV rider.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosRidge FD ambulance on scene for an injury from a fall.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosSuffolk Park Rangers, NYS Forest Rangers, Suffolk Sherrifs and Ridge FD on scene of an injured ATV Rider.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosA Suffolk Parks Ranger discusses the incident with a sheriffs Sargent also on scene.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosRidge Fire Dept Gator loaded back on the special operations truck after successfully bringing out the patient from the woods. m
Ridge, NY - On Sunday, September 13th at about 3:49 P.M., the Ridge Fire Department was requested for a gator to respond for an injury from a fall at the end of Old Saddle Rd. near Elizabeth Way.
Ridge Fire Department responded under the command of Chief of the Department, Lou Kaiser [5-22-30]. The Ridge FD responded with Special Ops unit 5-22-8, Ambulances 15 and 20, 1st responder 81 and Assistant Chief Wesley Phillips [5-22-31].
On arrival they found an ATV operator who had fallen off his ATV after riding illegally through the woods. Firefighters secured the fallen rider, who appeared to have a leg injury, and transported him out of the woods. The rider refused transport to the hospital. He received a ticket and was released to the custody of his parent upon their arrival at the scene.
All Ridge FD units were back in service within an hour of the call originally activating. Suffolk Park Rangers, Sheriffs and State Forest Rangers were all on scene.
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.