Letter: Thanks to Rescuers

On June 12, I had a serious accident while hiking in Fahnestock State Park that required immediate medical care. A passing hiker called 911, and the response was stunningly rapid: Philipstown EMS, the park police, the park superintendent, two ATVs, an ambulance and the fire department responded. I ended up recovering at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, but the outcome could have been much different.

The amount of equipment involved was impressive, but more impressive was the efficiency, professionalism, competence and compassion of everyone involved. Every aspect of the care provided to me was extraordinary, from medical care on site, to evacuation to Hubbard Lodge, to transport to the hospital and to treatment in the emergency room. I should also mention the help provided by and concern expressed by passing hikers who stayed with me and got me to a place where the EMS could treat me.

The experience, while one that I hope I don’t have to go through again, gave me faith that, even in these difficult times, Philipstown public services are an extraordinary asset for which we should all be thankful.

Ned Whitney, Garrison

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