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Croton Firefighters Put Out 2 Brush Fires, Help Rescue 11 Stranded Boaters

Croton firefighters responded to two brush fires and gave assistance during a boating rescue Saturday.
Croton firefighters responded to two brush fires and gave assistance during a boating rescue Saturday. Photo Credit: Courtesy of R. Cusano

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department extinguished two brush fires and rendered assistance during a dramatic boat rescue on the Hudson River on Saturday.

During the first incident, companies were called to Route 9 near Municipal Place for a brush fire about 12:40 p.m.

Using the side chute of Tanker 10, the fire was extinguished in short order.

Two hours later, Engine 119 and Engine 120 investigated an activated fire alarm at a Truesdale Drive home, which appeared to be a malfunction.

Shortly thereafter, units were dispatched to another brush fire.

The incident, in which electrical wires were involved, occurred on Quaker Ridge Road.

Engines 118 and 120, along with Tanker 10, handled the matter, clearing a little over an hour later.

In the day’s final incident, the department was dispatched to the Hudson River near Croton Point for a boat reportedly sinking with 11 people aboard around 8:20 p.m.

The vessel was towed in to Westerly Marina in Ossining, and all parties were secured by the Ossining Police Department and Rockland County Sheriff's Marine Units.

Utility 14, Marine 12 and Marine 32, along with the Verplanck Fire Department’s Marine 1, Croton-on-Hudson Emergency Medical Services, Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Westchester County police, were also at the scene.

Croton Assistant Chief Chris Colombo had command of all four of the day’s incidents.

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