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Cortlandville Fire Department Rescues Person Trapped in Vehicle


The Cortlandville Fire Department today, December 16th in the early morning hours were dispatched to the area of Kinney Gulf Rd and Sweeney Rd in the Town of Cortlandville for a reported car rollover.

The occupant of the vehicle was still trapped inside the vehicle that went down into a creek when sheriff officers arrived.


Cortlandville firefighter Johnathan Alteri, arrived at the scene shortly after and was assisted by a bystander to go into the freezing water and remove the occupant of the vehicle who had been trapped.

Alteri was able to pull the occupant of the rolled over vehicle to the bank of the creek where a rope was located to pull them up from the embankment. Members from the Cortland County Sheriff and Cortlandville Fire Department then pulled the occupant from the freezing temperatures and snow.

The occupant was moved to a sheriff’s vehicle and treated for signs of hypothermia. They were then transported to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center by TLC ambulance. The occupant was reportedly submerged in the water for nearly an hour.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is currently underway.

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