|George Reed was the Driver and is in good shape.|
Just a few short weeks ago, older brother, Perry Officer, David Spink, a long time resident of the Silver Lake Institute, was recognized in a page one story in the Perry Herald for assisting Officer Adam Hope in rescuing the 12-year-old girl who slipped on a snowy edge and fell into the icy Silver Lake Outlet. This past Thursday's March 8th edition of the Perry Herald reported Perry Officers David Spink and Adam Hope as having been recognized at the most recent Village Board Meeting with Certificates of Appreciation for their quick actions in the previously reported rescue (see story and photo below).
This week, it was younger brother, Dakota Spink, a former 18 year resident of the Institute, who got his turn at recognition for a rescue involving a driver whose vehicle entered a local pond on 20A in the Town of Perry and was sinking in the middle of the pond. Dakota, a First Lieutenant in the Perry Fire Department and Deputy John Button of the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office, were among the first to arrive on the scene as part of the total rescue team.
1LT Spink and Deputy Button entered the cold water and attached a tow rope to a rear wheel on the sinking vehicle. The tow rope was then attached to a fire truck, and the water logged driver and his vehicle were pulled to the edge of the pond where members of Perry Fire Department and Perry Center Fire Department were then able to extricate the driver from his vehicle.
The driver, George L. Reed, 82, of Simmons Road, Perry, NY, was submerged into the water above his neckline while entrapped inside the vehicle. Reed was transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital for minor injuries and was later released. The cause of the accident was determined to be evasive action around another uninvolved vehicle.
Others who assisted in the call included Wyoming County Sheriff's Office, Perry Police Department, Perry Fire Department, Perry Center Fire Department, Medic 80, Warsaw Ambulance, Wyoming County Emergency Management Jimmy's Towing from Leicester, NY, and Ott's Collision from Warasaw, NY. Also assisting was Deputy Aaron Chase and Sgt. Colin Reagan. The story was carried in many of the area newspapers and in the Buffalo and Rochester television markets.