Rangers carry out wilderness rescues and locate body of missing 72-year-old man –


Towns of Fine and Newcomb
Essex County
Training Assistant Rangers/Recruit Rangers Swearing in:
From May 20-24, Assistant Rangers (AFRs) trained at the Newcomb campus of the State University of New York College of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SUNY-ESF). They received training on Leave No TraceMT principles, rules and regulations of state land use, forest fire suppression and trail maintenance.

They have also been certified in Wildland Advanced First Aid. AFRs are assigned to work in the Adirondacks, Catskills and high-use areas of Western New York.

On June 6, Forest Rangers recruits were sworn in at New York State Ranger School in Wanakena. They will undergo six months of training and upon graduation will be assigned to patrol public lands across the state. For photos, visit DEC’s Twitter page.

Assistant Forest Ranger (AFR) class at Goodnow Fire Tower. picture DEC.

Assistant Rangers (AFR) carry out trail work towards Goodnow Fire Tower. picture DEC.

City of Santa Clara
Franklin County
Search and recovery:
At 1:30 p.m. on May 26, Ray Brook Dispatch requested ranger assistance in the search for a 72-year-old man missing in Inlet. Last seen by his wife on May 20, subject’s camp was searched with negative results. Inlet Police pinged the missing man’s phone in the Santa Clara/Lake Clear area. Rangers Dicintio and Praczkajlo searched the St. Regis Canoe and surrounding area. Ranger Praczkajlo located subject’s vehicle at Little Green Pond in Clear Lake. Additional Rangers joined the search and located the subject’s boat at 3:40 p.m. Five minutes later, they located the deceased subject in the water. The body was turned over to the county coroner and the DEC Environmental Crimes Investigation Bureau. Resources were cleared at 7 p.m.

Town of Newcomb
Essex County
Wilderness rescue:
Around 11 p.m. on May 30, Ranger Sabo was alerted to a hiker experiencing a medical issue after an afternoon hike. Rangers Martin and Sabo reached subject, monitored his condition, and stayed with him overnight. The next morning the hiker was still in stable condition and the Rangers began walking him and his fellow hikers to the Upper Works trailhead. Resources were cleared at 8:30 a.m.

Town of Webb
Herkimer County
Wilderness rescue:
At 11:50 p.m. June 3, Ray Brook Dispatch requested ranger assistance to search for a group of separated campers on Stillwater Reservoir. Rangers Benzel and Lee responded. At 2:45 a.m., Rangers located the two canoeists and transported them and their gear to their campsite. The Rangers then lit a fire to warm the group. One of the campers decided she wasn’t going to stay, so the Rangers took her back to her car. Resources were clear at 5am

Cities of Jay, Lewis, Elizabethtown and Wilmington
Essex County
Public Safety:
On June 4, Forest Rangers competed in the Wilmington/Whiteface 50K and 100K cycle race. About 500 competitors took part in the qualifying race for the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race. Rangers were there to respond to any potential emergency along the course.

Rangers attend the Wilmington/Whiteface Bike Race. picture DEC.

Be sure to prepare and plan well before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NY, Adirondack Backcountry Information, and Catskill Backcountry Information webpages for more information.

If anyone needs a ranger, whether for search and rescue, reporting a wildfire, or reporting illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833- NYS-RANGERS. If someone needs urgent assistance, they can call 911. To contact a ranger for information about a specific location, the DEC website has phone numbers for each ranger listed by region.


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