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Niagara Falls rescue credited to bravery, training and water levels

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Niagara Falls rescue credited to bravery, training and water levels
Niagara Falls rescue credited to bravery, training and water levels

IMMIGRANTS TORECEIVE DRIVER'SLICENSES.NOW TO THEDANGEROUS RIVERRESCUE IN NIAGARAFALLS.24 HOURS AFTEREMERGENCYRESPONDERS PULLEDA MAN FROM THERAGING RAPIDS... WEARE TAKING A CLOSERLOOK AT WHAT MADETHE RESCUE MISSIONA SUCCESS... ANDHOW THE MAN ISDOING TODAY.

HERE'S7 EYEWITNESS NEWSREPORTER ED REILLYTHE FACT REMAINS, IFSOMEONE IS OUTTHERE, WE ARE GOINGTO TRY OUR HARDESTTO GET THEMNEW YORK STATEPARK POLICE MAJORCLYDE DOTYREFLECTS ON THEROLE HE AND OTHERRESCUERS PLAYED INSAVING THE LIFE OF A59-YEAR-OLD MAN.THE NIAGARA FALLSRESIDENT WAS FOUNDIN THE WATER ONTHURSDAY NOT FARFROM THE BRINK OFTHE AMERICAN FALLS.IT WAS DOTY WHOHELD ON TO THE MANUNTIL THEY WEREPULLED TO SAFETY.IT WAS A TOUGHLOCATION.

HE WASRIGHT IN THE MIDDLEOF THE CHANNELPARK POLICE AREVERY FAMILIAR WITHRESCUES.THROUGH THE YEARS,MAJOR DOTY HASWORKED ON SEVERAL.

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AND IS SHOWNHERE RESCUING ADOG AND PRACTICINGICE RESCUES ALONGTHE GORGE.BUT THE 28-YEARPARK POLICEVETERAN SAIDTHURSDAY'S WAS ONEOF THE MOSTSERIOUS - SIMILAR TOTHIS ONE IN 2003WHERE RESCUERSKNEW FAILING WOULDMEAN CERTAIN DEATH.THIS IS ONE OF THREEBIG ONES THAT I HAVEBEEN INVOLVED WITHPARK POLICE TRAINWITH THE NIAGARAFALLS FIREDEPARTMENT FORTHESE TYPES OFSITUATIONS.THE REAL HEROESHERE ARE REALLY THEFIRE DEPT AND THEGUYS WHO WENT INTOTHE WATER.WATER LEVEL ALSOPLAYED A KEY ROLE.WE WERE GLAD TOSUPPORT THEIREFFORTS AND MAKE ITA LITTLE MORE SAFEFOR THEM TO DO ADANGEROUS JOBTHE NEW YORKPOWER AUTHORITYWORKED WITH THE I-J-C AND CANADIANAUTHORITIES TOREDUCE THE AMOUNTOF WATER GOINGOVER THE FALLS.SO IN THIS PARTICULARCASE, WE WEREACTUALLY PUMPINGWATER INTO THELEWISTON RESERVOIRGATES ON THECANADIAN SIDE WERECLOSED ALLOWINGMORE WATER TODRAIN TO THE ROBERTMOSES NIAGARAPOWER PLANT.IT DID MAKE ADIFFERENCE.WHEN THEY DRAWTHAT OFF, WE AREABLE TO GET BETTERFOOTINGWHILE THE 57-YEAR-OLD POLICE MAJOR ISBEING CALLED A HERO.

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.PEOPLE USE THATHERO TERM AND IDON'T LIKE ITHE INSISTS THAT ISWAS TRAINING ANDTOTAL TEAMWORKTHAT REALLY MADETHE DIFFERENCE.THERE WAS NOBODYELSE AT THE TIME ANDTHERE WAS NO TIMETO GET ANYONE ELSE.BECAUSE OF THERESCUED MAN'SCONDITION IN THEHOSPITAL, PARKPOLICE WERE NOTABLE TO TALK WITHHIM.

AND AT THISPOINT, IT IS STILLUNKNOWN HOW HEENEDED UP IN THEWATER.

IN NIAGARAFALLS, ED REILLY 7EWN




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