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Ridge FD Gator Handles Rescue Response in Woods

By JOHN WALTHERS, Senior Correspondent | September 13, 2020 | NEW YORK

Story No. 091320121

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.