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Grand Island Fire Company News 2017

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To contact the Fire Company Dial 773-4334

Firematic Officers 2017: Fire Chief Christopher Soluri; Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski; 1st Assistant Chief Omar Sortino; 2nd Assistant Chief Daniel Mathes, Fire Captains Tim Krecisz, John Podlucky, Jourdain Benoit; EMS Captain Sean McCormick; Fire Police Captain Don Portik.

Administrative Officers 2017: President Mike Dallessandro, Vice President Brent Mendel, Recording Secretary Joanne Ciffa, Financial Secretary Nicole Gerber, Treasurer Tony Mastantuono Sr. and Sgt.-at-Arms David Khreis.

Board of Directors 2017: Gregory J. Butcher, Jeremy Pullano, Peter Sukmanowski, David Khreis, Kevin Koch, Saed Shafie, Mike Dallessandro.






Firefighters/Medics Face Escalating MVA Incidents - June 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.     Fire Chief Chris Soluri reports that Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel have had to contend with a continuing upsurge in MVA's since June 13th, when medics rendered ALS assistance to a hit-and-run victim. Most recently, EMS personnel responded to four separate two car MVA's on Friday, June 23rd. At 1:42 p.m., six individuals, including two youmg children, were evaluated by GIFC and TCA EMS personnel following a I-190 South Bridge collision. All occupants declined hospitalization.
    At 4:19 p.m. another I-190 MVA, northbound near Long Road, resulted in 52 year-old Vanessa Gulley of Niagara Falls, NY being treated for non life-threatening injuries and transported by TCA to NFMMC, Three others were evaluated but declined hospitalization. At 4:58 p.m. six persons were evaluated after a Staley Road/Grand Island Blvd. MVA. No injuries reported.
    Finally at 11:02 p.m., another MVA on Staley Road between Stony Point and Winkler Drive resulted in 48 year-old Margaret Ducic of Grand Island receiving stababilizing treatement from GIFC medics and transported to Kenmore Mercy Hospital for follow-up. Two others were evaluated and did not require hospitalization.


Deck Fire on Continental Lane - June 2017


Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
Photo by Pete Sukmanowski

   Shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9th, Grand Island firefighters responded to a structure fire at 24 Continental Lane. Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski stated that the homeowner managed to use a garden hose to knock down the fire, pior to the arrival of Engine #5 and fire suppression crews. The fire reportedly spread from bonfire embers to an attached deck and hot tub. GIFC firefighters checked the area for any extension which proved negative. Total damage was estimated at $10,000.


Island Homeowner Limits Garage Fire Damage- June 2017


Story and photo by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    Shortly before 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11th, Grand Island firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Fix Road residence of Louis Pilie. An alert neighbor had noticed smoke and flames coming from the front of an attached garage and sought emergency 911 assistance, while notifying the homeowner.
    Ass't Fire Chief Omar Sortino stated that the fire had originated in a garbage container next to the garage and extended up the wall and into the vinyl covered soffit. The homeowner was able to knock the fire down with a nearby garden howe prior to the arrival of Engine #2 and fire suppression crews. The area was then checked for further extension, which proved negative. Total structural damage was estimated at $3000, with no damage to the contents. The cause was determined to be spontaneous combustion.


Niagara River Boat Fire - June 2017


Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 6:29 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7th, the City of Tonawanda Fire Department alerted the Grand Island Fire Company of a boat on fire in the east branch of the Niagara River, in the vicinity of the River Oaks Marina.
   Fire Chief Chris soluri stated that Marine Unit 1 responded with a six man crew, consisting of Ass't Chief Dan Mathes, EMS Capt. Scott McCormick, firefighters Ashley Gorman, Rich Nichols, Allison DeMartin, and Joe Casullo. The 36 foot, 1985 Carver cruiser was fully involved in heavy flames when MU1 arrived on location minutes later. Meanwhile, the two occupants had jumped into the river and were picked up by a good samaritan boater in the area. They were taken to the City of Tonawanda shoreline and were uninjured, but cold.
   Total damage was estimated at $10,000, a total loss of the boat. An exact cause has not been determined, but some type of engine/fuel system malfunction is suspected. Other agencies providing backup assistance were the Erie County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, Niagara County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, City of Tonawanda Fire Department and Police Department Marine Unit.


Island Drivers Hospitalized after Two Car Collision - June 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, June 1st, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a two car MVA at the intersection of Stony Point and Bedell Roads. Fire Capt. John Podlucky reported that 55 year-old Jeff Dickerson of Grand Island was evaluated by GIFC medics for non-life threatening injuries and transported to Kenmore Mercy Hospital. The second driver, 31 year-old Dimitra Bitikofer and her three year-old daughter, also of Grand Island, sustained minor injuries and were transported to Sister Hospital for precautionary follow-up.


KOA Campground Fire - May 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th, Grand Island firefighters responded to a structure fire at KOA Campgrounds, 2570 Grand Island Blvd. Fire Chief Chris Soluri stated that a mulch fire extended to a cabin deck area, which ignited some boards. Maintenance crews were able to extinguish the small blaze, which limited damage to under $100. Firefighters checked the immediate area for extension but uncovered nothing. There was no determination of cause. This is the third such incident within the past five weeks.
   GIFC firefighters first encountered a large, mulch fire at the NOCO Express on April 16th. A second mulch fire occurred at the Rite Aid Drug Store on May 17th. Careless disposal of cigarettes may have caused these fires and early detection resulted in little damage.


Grand Island Fire Company Celebrates 79 Years of Service - May 2017

BOD Chairman Greg Butcher, Fire Chief Chris Soluri & President Michael Dallessandro with Tammy Gorman (15 years) .

Mike DeMartin (30 years), Butcher, Soluri and Dallessandro.

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    Grand Island Fire Company President Mike Dallessandro welcomed local government officials, family members and special guests to fire headquarters on Saturday, May 20th, to commemorate 79 years of first rate community protection. Dallessandro stressed that such dedicated volunteerism is much more than a passing fancy, but rather a lifetime committment that cannot prevail without unconditional family support.
   Board of Directors Chairman Greg Butcher echoed these sentiments while pointing out that the GIFC has made solid progress over the past year, especially in the area of critical infrastructure upgrades.
   Althouth the continuing success of the GIFC depends upon a strong group effort, certain individuals were recognized for reaching notable milestones. The service award recipients are:
5 years - Anthony Buscaglia
10 years - Ryan Ayers & Saed Shafie
15 years - Past President Tammy Gorman & Joe Torregrossa
25 years - Past Chief & Director Greg Butcher & Director Jeremy Pullano
30 years - Michael DeMartin, Robert Aronica & Dr. Lee Routsie
35 years - Dr. David Johnson
40 years - Greg Zilliox
45 years - Gail Lazenby (former EMS Captain & Board Chairman)
50 years - Past Chief Gary Roesch
55 years - Past Director Dan McMahon & Andrew Job
   Ladies Auxiliary President Nicole Butcher presented the GIFC with a $500 check to assist with ongoing interior renovations. Thanks to all the volunteers who are always there, 24-7, when the need arises.




Driver Hospitalized in Grand Island MVA - May 2017


Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    Shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a two car collision at the busy intersection of Broadway and Beaver Island Parkway.
Ass't Fire Chief Omar Sortino stated that 24 year-old David Fiqueroa of Buffalo, NY was evaluated by a GIFC EMS crew for non life-threatening injuries. He was then transported to Kenmore Mercy Hospital. The other driver, 73 year-old Cheryl Fell of Grand Island, claimed no serious injuries.




Driver Hospitalized in Two Car Collision - May 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 5:26 p.m. on Friday, April 28th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a two car MVA on Grand Island Blvd., in front of Top's Market. Fire Police Capt. Don Portik stated that 47 year-old Lisa Renee Guagliano of Grand Island was evaluated for non life threatening injuries and transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. The other diriver,19 year-old Emelie-Jo Scheffler, also of Grand Island and a five year-old passenger were uninjured.




Driver Crashes into Roadside Tree - May 2017


Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   Shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 27th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a one car MVA on Alvin Road, across from the Fuccillo Hyundai dealership. Fire Police Capt. Don Portik stated that 85 year-old James Williams of Grand Island apparently lost control of his vehicle which crossed the center line, careened into a ditch and then came to rest after striking a large tree. He was evaluated by GIFC medics and transported by ambulance to Mount St. Mary's Medical Center.




Alert Neighbor Prevents Spread of Household Fire - May 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   Shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26th, Grand Island firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Greenway Road residence of Sandra LaPort-Rios. An alert neighbor, Sam Correa, noticed smoke coming from the front porch area and immediately contacted the GIFC for emergency assistance. Meanwhile, Mr. Correa enlisted help from two other neighbors and they were able to break a window and pour water on an aquarium hood and heating lamp which had ignited.
    Fire Chief Chris Soluri stated that this quick thinking action undoubtedly prevented a major household fire from developing since the homeowner was not there at the time. Although fire suppression was not required, the interior was ventilated to remove an accumulation of smoke. Mrs. Rios later stated that her neighbors timely intervention probably saved her home, for which she is extremely grateful. As for the aquarium's inhabitatnt, an exotic blue tongued skink (lizard), he was out visiting relatives and was spared an untimely demise. Other family pets, including two dogs, survived.




NOCO Express Mulch Fire - April 2017


Story & photo by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   Shortly before 12:00 p.m. on Easter Sunday, Grand Island firefighters responded to an outside fire at the NOCO Express Shop, 1898 Whitehaven Road. Ass't Fire Chief Omar Sortino and Fire Capt. Jourdain Benoit directed fire suppression crews utilizing Engine #4 to cover a 20' by 100' mulch fire which had sent thick smoke across Whitehaven Rd. Although there was no damage to the adjacent building, a Verizon relay box and wires sustained some minor charring.
   Fire officials did not pinpoint an exact cause,although spontaneous combustion or careless disposal of cigarettes are the usual suspects. GIFC cautions property owners to keep an eye on freshly laid mulch so that any signs of smoldering can be spotted before property damage occurs.




GIFC Trains Students in CPR - April 2017

Medic Michelle Jones supervises AED training.

Student Trevor Palamuso practices CPR.

Story & photos by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   Fire Chief Chris Soluri reported that Grand Island Fire Company Medics and EMT's visited the Grand Island High School on April 4th and 5th for a special CPR and AED training session. Approximately 1200 students participated in the program that was established several years ago.
   Physical Education staff members Dean Santorio, Daneen Gallagher, Shawn Quinn, Kristen Wegrzyn and Mike Stauffer provided instructional equipment (video, resusci-annies, AEDs), while coordinating hourly sessions with GIFC personnel. GIFC Medics Robert Dailey, Scott McCormick, Michelle Jones and EMTs Ben Shaw and Don Portik gave individual, hands on advice. Everyone agreed that this valuable learning experience could someday save a life.




Two Car MVA on Long Road - March 2017


Story & photo by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   Shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22nd, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a two car MVA that occurred at the intersection of Long Road and Havenwood Lane. Fire Capt. Tim Krecisz reported that 68 year-old Sandra Nethero and 89 year-old Dorothy Depew, both of Grand Island, were evaluated at the scene and declined hospitalization. All GIFC units returned to service by 3:33 p.m.




Firefighters Battle Major Blaze at IsleChem Plant - March 2017

   

Above - John Podlucky photos.

Ray Pauley photo and story.

Story & photos by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 12:27 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017, Grand Island firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at the IsleChem LLC plant at 2801 Long Road. Fire Chief Chris Soluri stated that when GIFC units arrived, light smoke was visible over the roof area. Fire suppression crews from Engines #3,4,5 and LT 6 gained building entry at 1:02 p.m. and determined that there was a major fire concentrated in three labs on the second floor.
   Chief Soluri requested mutual aid assistance from the Sheridan Park VFD, Brighton VFD and City of Tonawanda Fire Department due to the heavy anticipated workload. The fire was brought under control at 1:47 p.m. and no hazardous chemicals were encountered during fire operations. A second alarm was issued for additional manpower from the City of Niagara Falls Fire Department, River Road VFD and Kenilworth VFD to relieve exhausted firefighters. Three firefighters sustained minor injuries and were treated on location. Total damage was estimated at $250,000 to the building and $250,000 to the contents. GIFC and Erie County fire investigators have not pinpointed an exact cause. All units returned to service by 4:31 p.m., except for investigators.




Island Firefighters Seek Hydrant Clearing Support - March 2017


Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
Fire Chief Chris Soluri urges Grand Island residents and business owners to locate and clear snow from nearby hydrants to help their local volunteers handle any fire emergency that arises. He noted that "missing" hydrants that have been buried by recent heavy snowfall can hamper firefighting operations if firefighters must search for a ready water supply. Such a delay could contribute to excessive property damage or worse if fire engine reservers become exhausted before the situation is brought under control. Chief Soluri also notes that local Boy Scouts of America troops and other organizations have been especially helpful in the past and are expected to continue an agressive "adopt a hydrant" program during this threatening storm occurrence. Any helping hands will be greatly appreciated by the GIFC as well as the entire WNY fire service.



Island Scouts Take Advantage Of Firefighter Outreach Program - March 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    During the evening of Thursday, March 9th, members of BSA Troop 510 visited Grand Island Fire Headquarters for a special first aid training session. Fire Chief Chris Soluri noted that this event is representative of a community outreach program established several years ago to enhance beneficial interaction with residents served by the GIFC.
EMS Capt. Scott McCormick and Fire Police Capt. Don Portik welcomed thirty scouts, parents, and Ass't Scoutmasters Susan Grenda, Mike Stawiasz, Todd Tribby, and Troop Committee Chair Tina Vizzi for a "crash" course on basic first aid techniques. Topics covered were CPR for adults and infants, bleeding control and splinting of fractures. Participants voiced their appreciation for these BLS lessons which will come in handy if they are faced with a real emergency in the future.
Thanks again to our GIFC volunteers for going 'above and beyond' normal duties in service to their community.







Two Car MVA on Staley Road - March 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    A two car MVA occured at 2855 Staley Road, but both Grand Island drivers, 64 yr old Roberta Cap and 53 yr old Melanie Smith declined hospitalization.









Driver Hospitalized in North Bridge MVA - February 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31st, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a three vehicle MVA on the I-190 southbound, near the North Grand Island Bridge Toll barriers. This is the third multi vehicle accident to occur in that vicinity since January 4th. Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski stated that Paul Harper of Grand Island was involved in a collision with an 18 wheeler and another passenger vehicle. He was evaluated by GIFC EMS personnel and transported by ambulance to Kenmore Mercy Hospital. The Canadian driver of the semi refused treatment. Sarah Szotuski, 32 years-old and her 8 year-old son were also uninjured.




Island Couple Hospitalized in Three Car Collision - January 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    At 10:48 p.m. on Saturday, January 28th, Grand Island Fire Company Rescue personnel responded to a three car MVA on Stony Point Rd. between Whitehaven and Independence Lane. Fire Chief Chris Soluri reported that this multi vehicle collision was caused by slippery road conditions and other factors. One driver 63 year-old Diane Lattimer of Grand Island and her husband, 63 year-old John were evaluated by GIFC medics and transported to Millard Fillmore Suburban hospital. Another driver, 17 year-old Maxwell Keller of Grand Island claimed no injuries. Two 16 year-old Islanders in the third vehicle declined hospitalization. GIFC units returned to service by 11:15 p.m.




Slow Down, Use Caution, Move Over - January 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   After a recent incident, Grand Island Fire Chief Chris Soluri is stressing that scene safety has always been a top priority for all firefighting and EMS personnel. While local volunteers do their best to handle any and all emergency incidents, they are also placed in harms way and require special protection to lesson some of the dangers they face. Section 1144a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of 2012 requires motorists to slow down, use caution, and move over when encountering any emergency vehicle travelling or parked on a roadway. Chief Soluri noted that while the vast majority of drivers consciously observe the law, there are some who don't. He also noted that within the past week, a passing motorist ran into a parked GIFC vehicle, barely missing a medic standing next to an on scene ambulance. Chief Soluri urges all highway users to exercise common sense, so that GIFC volunteers can perform their community protection duties.




Grand Island Fire Company Installation Dinner - January 2017

All from left.
Firematic Officers, back: Koch, Portik, Sortino, Soluri, Sadkowski, Mathes, Mrkall.
Front: Krecisz, Podlucky, McCormick.

Administrative Officers: Gerber, Mastantuono, Mendel, Dallessandro, Ciffa, Khreis.

Board of Directors: Dallessandro, Butcher, Koch, Shafie, Pullano, Khreis, (absent Pete Sukmanowski).

Ladies Auxiliary: A. Soluri, Wilson, V. Soluri, D. Soluri, Butcher, Shafie.

Story & photos by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray administered the oath of office to newly elected Grand Island Fire Company officers on Saturday, January 14th at fire headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Both firematic and administrative officers were sworn to uphold their 2017 community protection duties. Honored guests and family members joined in praising the outstanding committment of these volunteers. GIFC Board Chairman Greg Butcher reminded those in attendance that the firefighter workload during 2016 consisted of an astonishing 57,504 total hours devoted to this community service.
   Chris Soluri begins his first term as fire chief and will be joined by Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski, 1st Ass't Chief Omar Sortino, 2nd Ass't Chief Dan Mathes; Fire Captains Tim Krecisz, John Podlucky & Jordain Benoit; Day Captains Kevin Koch and Skip Mrkall, Fire Police Captain Don Portik and EMS Captain Scott McCormick.
   President Mike Dallessandro will be assisted by Vice Pres. Brent Mendel, Recording Secretary Joanne Ciffa, Line Secretary Michelle Jones, Financial Secretary Nicole Gerber, Treasurer Anthony Mastantuono and Sgt At Arms Dave Khreis.
   Greg Butcher was returned to the Board of Directors and Mike Dallessandro began a new three year term. Scott Shaw will serve on the Board of Review and Robert Meyer was returned as a Benevolent Association Trustee. GIFC Ladies Auxiliary President Nicole Butcher introduced her officers as follows: Vice President Vicki Soluri, Recording Secretary Arlene Soluri, Secretary Danna Soluri, Treasurer Nancy Amato, Sgt At Arms Barbara Wilson, Chaplain Mary Becker, Trustees Julie Meyer, Darcy Golde and Haneen Shafie.
   The 2016 Chief's Award was presented to Pete Coppola for his exceptional service as Safety Officer, member of the Board of Directors and his dependability as a day squad responder. Recipient of the 2016 Presidents Award was Dave Khreis, also a Board member who consistently went above and beyond normal job assignments. Firefighters Don Turner, Rich Nichols and Jon Cinelli received training awards for their notable contributions in this area.
   Firefighter Robert Dailey received a special EMS Award for completing an extensive two year college course leading to his NYS certification as a paramedic. Firefighter Ben Shaw was singled out as Rookie of the Year for his phenominal performance whenever called upon. Other new recruits who were congratulated for 2016 training accomplishments were Michael Haynes, Paul Valera, Dan Robinson, Jeremy Stepp, Dakota Bower and Ashley Gorman. Matt Osinski was commended for his outstanding service and dedication as fire chief from 2014 through 2016. John Podlucky was similarly recognized for his exhaustive work as past GIFC president.
   2016 Chiief's Commendations were issued to GIFC personnel Pat Hahn, Pete Coppola, Ben Shaw and Evan Shaw for lifesaving intervention in an MVA on April 15, 2016. Responders Omar Sortino, Jon Cinelli, Jourdain Benoit, Nick Egloff, Mike DeMartin, Robert Dailey, Rich Nichols, Edie Thompson, Joe Torregrossa, Alison DeMartin, and Medical Director Chris Krawczyk received a similar commendation for their life saving intervention in a July 13, 2016 skydiving accident.
   Top Ten responders during 2016 were led by Capt. Tim Krecisz with 672 calls. Others in sequential order are Joanne Ciffa, Matt Osinski, Jon Cinelli, Dan Mathes, Nick Egloff, Mark Sadkowski, Omar Sortino, Cory Rozell and Skip Mrkall.




GI Bridge MVA - January 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   Shortly before 6:00 a.m. on Monday, January 16th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a four car chain reaction collision in the southbound lane of the I-190 at the North Grand Island Bridge. This is the second multi vehicle accident occurring in that location within the past two weeks.
   Fire Chief Chris Soluri stated that extremely slippery road conditions during early rush hour traffic apparently contributed to this MVA. 52 year-old Robert Vaughan of Youngstown, NY; 28 year-old Ryan Chambers of Niagara Falls, NY and 27 year-old Peter Shea of Youngstown, NY were evaluated by GIFC EMS personnel but claimed no injuries. The fourth driver was treated by medics and transported to St. Mary's Hospital for additional medical attention.




$30,000 in Damage at Garage Fire - January 2017


Story and photo by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 7th, Grand Island firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Bedell Road residence of David Butcher. An alert neighbor noticed visible smoke and flames coming from a two car unattached garage at the Butcher home and immediately contacted the homeowner and the Grand Island Fire Company.
   Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski reported a working fire as Engines #2,#4,#5, LT 6 and fire suppression crews arrived on location. Despite two frozen hydrants west of the involved building, the fire was knocked down and under control at 4:51 p.m. Firefighters used the direct water supply from engines on scene. Total damage was estimated at $20,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents. The 76 year-old homeowner was treated for smoke inhalation but declined hospitalization.




MVA at Island Residence- January 2017

Front of Adams vehicle in basement, at top.

Story and photo by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision with a building incident at 11 Regency Drive. Homeowner Phyllis Lock was sitting in the kitchen with her older sister when they heard what sounded like an explosion. The ladies then heard pounding on the door as the driver alerted them to the problem and helped them get to the neighbors, where the GIFC was contacted.
   Fire Chief Chris Soluri confirmed that 54 year-old David Adams of Niagara Falls had lost control of his vehicle which veered off Stony Point Road and traveled about 60 feet before striking the Regency Drive home. The force of the impact dislodged an exterior gas meter while the vehicle intself crashed through a wall and ended up about three feet into the basement. The driver claimed no injuries when evaluated by GIFC medics. The gas meter was shut down and National Fuel was notified while the house was ventilated to remove hazardous fumes.




North Bridge MVA's - January 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 7:41 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a nine car chain reaction collision in the southbound lane of the North Grand Island Bridge. Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski reported that slippery road conditions during rush hour traffic contributed to the multi vehicle accident. 25 year-old Ashley Luzak of Lewiston was treated and transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. 43 year-old Christina Rice of Niagara Falls was evaluated and transported to DeGraff Memorial Medical Center. 59 year-old Ellen Hutton of North Tonawanda was also evaluated for minor injuries and refused hospitalization. Although there was extensive property damage to other autos, no other injuries were reported.


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