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Dundee rope team recovers deceased victim

TORREY—The Dundee Fire Department rope team staged a recovery operation to remove a deceased 24-year-old male victim who had fallen into a ravine along City Hill and Henderson Road. The operation took place early Saturday morning and was done in mutual aid to the Dresden Fire Department. The victim’s name and hometown have not been released.
Dundee Fire Chief David Bambey said his department received a call for mutual aid at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, arriving at the scene at 2:55 a.m. with the rope team and trailer. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike said Dundee was called in because they were the only rope rescue team in the county. Spike said the deputies found the man with a gunshot wound.
Bambey said, “They recovered a firearm at the bottom of the gully.”
Spike said the ravine was  110 feet deep. Bambey said the department used two 300-foot lines—one main line and a backup safety line—at the scene. He said rope team members Jim Moore and Dan Gottshall, who are both also emergency medical technicians (EMT) made the recovery.
“There is always danger,” Bambey said. “There are a lot of backups and double-checks that we do before we go over.”
Bambey said the victim was extracted and put into an ambulance, completing the operation at 5:22 a.m. Bambey said there were 16 Dundee responders at the scene in addition to the Dresden responders. He said the New York State Troopers and Yates County Sheriff’s Department were also at the scene. Bambey said it was a sad incident, but he is glad they could safely make the recovery and bring closure to the family.


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