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Board honors fire chief, deputies and troopers for lifesaving actions

The Village of Valatie Board (l to r) Matthew Carter, Patrick Rodgers and Angelo Nero with Mayor Frank Bevens honored Village Fire Chief Joseph Leoffler, Deputy Sheriff Tyler Suchoski, Deputy Sheriff Stephen Naegeli, NYS Trooper Joseph Edinger and NYS Trooper Nicholas Norton for their service “saving the lives of multiple occupants of a heavily involved structure fire on New Street in the Village of Valatie” at their board meeting on February 14. The meeting was will attended at the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building. Several of family members where there as well as county Sheriff Don Krapf and Undersheriff Jackie Salvatore. In a statement at the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Bevens said that the fire department as dispatched at around 3 a.m. to fire on December 21 and found three people trapped on the 2nd floor. “The fire chief, members of the state police and the sheriff’s departments were able get them out saving tragedy from taking place,” the mayor said. He said the village board “would like to honor them for their heroic efforts.” Photo by Emilia Teasdale
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