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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 31, 2019

NY Emergency Responder Training Updated with Bobtail
Emergency responders including firefighters and HAZMAT teams in New York are getting an update to their training through New York State Fire Academy. Since June, the Academy has aimed to make their training more realistic by including a fully operational propane truck, or bobtail, as part of handling propane emergency. The New York State Fire Academy was previously using non-functional bobtails, limiting the scenarios in which responders would be trained to handle. The bobtail was funded in part by a grant from the federal government and the next major training event at the Academy will be September 12th when the New York Propane Gas Association holds its 3 Day Training. 


Hornell Fire Dept. Receives $137K Homeland Security Grant
The City of Hornell’s Fire Department has been issued $137,000 in funding allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Fire Department will use the money to purchase four emergency defibrillators and Fire Chief Frank Brzozowski said his department is “ecstatic” about this equipment, adding: “Our main goal is to put the community first, so we started to worry about how we would fully service the region with outdated equipment. This equipment is much needed for us to perform our daily duties and serve the Southern Tier.”


Bath Man Arrested for Sex Abuse
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 23-year-old Tyler A. Fleming of Bath for Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree. Fleming was arraigned in Bath Village Court where a stay away order of protection was issued and he was released on his own recognizance to the Pre-Trial Release program. He will appear back in Bath Village Court on September 25th where additional charges will be filed. 


DWI Crackdown Continues for Labor Day Weekend
Law enforcement will be out in full force this Labor Day holiday weekend, which is known as one of the deadliest times on the road every year. New York State began its DWI crackdown earlier this month on August 12th and has aimed the STOP DWI “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign at reducing crashes caused by impaired driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. New York State Police say they will also be checking to be sure people are wearing their seatbelts, motorists make improper turns and use proper speed as well as distracted drivers using their phones and more. Last year in 2018, New York State issued 3,978 tickets for impaired driving and 165,531 tickets for other vehicle and traffic law violations. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 376 people died in traffic crashes during the 2017 Labor Day Holiday Weekend, and 36% of those crashes involved a drunk driver. 


Two Local Volunteers Deported to Dorian
The American Red Cross is preparing to help tens of thousands of people in the path of Hurricane Dorian as the storm continues to strengthen and takes aim at the southeast coast of the United States. Two volunteers from the Southern Tier are deploying to support the Hurricane response as shelter workers. The volunteers are arrived in Orlando yesterday. While the exact path of Dorian is still uncertain, 19 million people live in areas that could be impacted, and as many as 50,000 people in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina may need emergency shelter. The Red Cross is coordinating with community partners and emergency responders to prepare evacuation centers for people who may seek shelter over the Labor Day weekend. 


A Dozen Veterans Laid To Rest at Bath National Cemetary
The remains of 12 unclaimed veterans were escorted from Buffalo to their final resting place at the Bath National Cemetery yesterday by the Patriot Guard Riders. These twelve veterans who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force or USMC were all given full military honors, even after a few of them had been passed for almost two decades, as part o the Veteran Recovery Program. The program has a mission to find and identify veterans who have died but haven’t been given proper military honors and inter their unclaimed cremated remains with the support of state, federal and private organizations. Speakers at this year’s event mentioned that this was the largest turnout they saw in years.


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