Perry Center

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:06 am

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Around 3 o’clock this morning a fire broke out at 71 Covington St. in the Village of Perry. 

Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Silver Springs, Castile, Warsaw, and Mount Morris fire departments responded to the scene with Fire Chief in Charge Perry Fire Chief Steve Laraby. 

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Perry Police Department, Perry Department of Public Works, NYSEG, and the Red Cross. Standing by at empty fire stations included Wyoming and Leicester fire departments.

The fire was said to have started due to a malfunctioning hot air furnace, causing $60,000 in damages to the home.

Firefighters were at the scene for four hours putting out the blaze with no injuries reported.

The Covington home housed two apartments, which resulted in two families being displaced and in need of assistance by the Red Cross. A total of six people were affected by the fire.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 5:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry Center, Warsaw, Perry.

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Two men are facing numerous charged following a business check around 11 p.m. Feb. 13.

Shane D. Vasile, 50, of Warsaw, and Jesse W. Schuster, 33, of Perry, were arrested Monday night when they were allegedly seen at a closed business in Perry Center. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say the men were in their vehicles, parked, with the engines running. 

During the investigation, deputies say Schuster drove to the business with three suspensions on his license.

Subsequently, Schuster was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

Vasile allegedly had numerous drugs and paraphernalia in his possession. Subsequently, he was placed through field sobriety testing, which he allegedly failed. 

He was arrested and taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where a certified drug recognition expert found him to be impaired by the combination of central nervous system stimulants, narcotic analgesics, and cannabis, therefore, unable to drive safely.

Vasile was charged with driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, and unlawful possession of marijuana. 

Both men are due in the Town of Perry Court at a later date.

Friday, August 26, 2016 at 1:05 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Perry Center, Perry.

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A single-vehicle accident shut down a portion of Route 20A around noon today. 

While the accident is still under investigation, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies report the vehicle was driving east when it left the roadway and struck a utility pole. When emergency responders arrived, the vehicle was found on its side about 25 feet off the road with the driver out of the vehicle. The driver was treated and released at the scene by Perry Ambulance.

There was a “slight” fire, which was put out by members of Perry Center and Perry fire departments. Assisting at the scene were the Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, and NYSEG.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 9:39 am

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At around 2:10 p.m.Tuesday, Perry Police Officer Greg Smith was picking up paperwork at the Village Hall when a 9-1-1 call came in reporting a house was on fire directly across the street from the Village office. 

With crews dispatched from Perry and Perry Center fire departments, Smith spoke with the 9-1-1 caller who stated smoke could be seen on the second floor.

Knowing the tenants who occupied the three apartments could be at home, the officer quickly took action. 

Smith entered the building, knocked on the first door announcing his presence. When no one answered, he smashed the glass out, gained entry, found a tenant and told him to get out because the structure was on fire.

Village Clerk Tisha Sylvester also came across the street and assisted the man with getting his dog. 

The officer then checked the other first-floor apartment, no one was home, but he was unable to check the second floor due to heavy smoke. It was quickly established that all the occupants were safely out of the building and accounted for.

The occupants of the hotel adjacent to the apartment house were also evacuated due to heavy smoke.

Fire Chief in Charge Perry Fire Chief Steve Laraby took command of the 19 area fire departments responding to the burning structure to try and contain the blaze.

Firemen from Perry, Perry Center, Castile, Gainesville, Silver Springs, Warsaw, Pike, Geneseo, Nunda, Cuylerville, York, Leicester, Pavilion, and Le Roy fire departments were on the scene for six-and-one-half hours knocking the fire out. 

Also on scene were Perry and Monroe ambulance with Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Perry Squad 10, Perry Police Department, Perry Department of Public Works, Wyoming Correctional Facility, RG&E, NYSEG, and the Red Cross assisting. Standing by at empty fire stations included Gainesville, Bliss, Wyoming, Varysburg, and Mount Morris fire departments, as well as Mount Morris EMS. 

One firefighter injured during the incident and taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment.

The cause of the fire was a malfunction of a fan/air purification system unit located in the kitchen of the second-floor apartment.

The blaze caused an estimated $125,000 in damages.

All four adult residents of the complex are being assisted by the Red Cross.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8:39 pm

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Firefighters spent the better part of this afternoon battling a blaze at an apartment house on Page Circle in the Village of Perry. Nineteen fire departments and four ambulance crews from the tri-county area – Wyoming, Genesee and Livingston counties – responded to the fire.

The fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. when neighbors saw smoke coming from the back of the building – the fire escalated quickly from there. 

“There was heavy smoke coming out of the eves and the attic,” said Fire Chief in Charge Perry Fire Chief Steve Laraby. “Manpower is typically lower during the day because of work commitments and the fire spread quickly. There were four adults in the house at the time, all of who got out safely. A couple of firefighters were injured, with one, who was directing traffic, taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital.”

The injured man was hit by a sign.

At one point during the blaze, the interior attack was getting too “hot” and had to be called off, at which time, crews had to knock down the fire from the exterior. Although there was no danger of the adjacent hotel catching fire, it was evacuated due to heavy smoke. 

Firemen from Perry, Perry Center, Silver Springs, Castile, Warsaw, Gainesville, Pike, Geneseo, Leicester, Le Roy, York, Pavilion, Nunda, Mount Morris, and Cuylerville fire departments responded to the scene. Medical personnel from Perry, Silver Springs, and Mount Morris ambulance, and Medic 80, along with the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Perry Police Department, Wyoming Correctional Facility, Wyoming County Emergency Services, and the American Red Cross were also at the scene. 

Fire departments on standby at other stations included Wyoming at Perry Center, Mount Morris at Silver Springs, Varysburg at Warsaw, and Gainesville at Castile.

Fire officials will not know the extent of the damage until the investigation is concluded. However, the three apartments and building sustained heavy smoke, fire and water damage.

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Friday, June 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Perry, Perry Center.

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An accident at the five corners in Perry sends one man to the hospital with minor injuries.

The Perry Center and Perry fire departments responded to back-to-back accidents today, with this latest one at the intersection of Route 246 and Lake Street. 

An earlier accident at routes 20A and 246 detoured traffic through the five corner intersection at Lake and Leicester streets and Route 246, which played a hand in a tractor-trailer T-boning a pickup truck.

According to police officials, the driver of the pickup thought the intersection had a four-way stop and proceeded to cross Route 246. The driver of the semi made an attempt to brake to avoid the collision but ended up hitting the pickup truck.

The semi was fully loaded with approximately 4,700 gallons of waste milk, none of which spilled on the scene. 

Responding to the scene included Perry Center and Perry fire departments, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Perry Police Department, and Perry Ambulance.

The accident is still under investigation.

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Friday, June 24, 2016 at 3:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Perry Center, Perry, Warsaw, Silver Springs.

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A two-vehicle accident claimed the life of a New Jersey resident and sent six others to the hospital. The crash shut down the intersection of Route 20A (Perry Center Road) and Route 246 (Perry Road) early this afternoon, reports the New York State Department of Transportation.

According to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies' report, the driver of the pickup truck was traveling north on Route 246 and may have failed to yield the right-of-way to the driver of the minivan, which was traveling west on Route 20A.

The six people in the van hailed from New Jersey and were believed to be on their way to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Of the family of six – two grandparents, two parents, and two children – one adult was pronounced dead at the scene, one adult was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, via Mercy Flight, and the other four were taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital with various injuries. Additionally, four of the people had to be extricated with the jaws of life.

The driver of the pickup truck was taken to WCCH for treatment of his injuries.

Responders to the scene included: the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department; Perry Center and Perry fire departments; Perry, Wyoming, Silver Springs, Warsaw, and Geneseo ambulances; Livingston County EMS (Emergency Medical Services) and ALS (Advanced Life Support); Mercy Flight; Wyoming County Emergency Services; and the Wyoming County Crash Management Team.

The investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE 5:04 p.m.: The intersection of Route 20A (Perry Center Road) and Route 246 (Perry Road) is open for travel with al lanes cleared.

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Friday, June 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Perry Center.

A multi-vehicle accident is reported at Perry Center Road and Route 246. There are seven injuries reported and at least two patients required Mercy Flight transports to hospitals.

UPDATE 1:36 p.m.: One Mercy Flight helicopter is heading to Strong Memorial Hospital. The state Department of Transportation was notified about a sign that was torn down at the crash site.

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10:22 am

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A house fire Saturday afternoon, rekindled early Sunday morning, landing crews from eight fire departments back to Canaway Road.

Both homeowners were injured during the fire. Donna Slocum suffered burns and was transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw. She was later transferred to ECMC, Buffalo, where she was admitted with second-degree burns. Her husband, Joe Slocum received minor burns, but remained at the scene. Twelve cats were lost in the fire. 

The Warsaw blaze originally started around 2:47 p.m. Saturday where firemen spent four-and-one-half hours on the scene.

Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins led members from Warsaw, Perry Center, Silver Springs, Gainesville, Wyoming, Castile, Perry, Varysburg, Attica, and Pavilion fire departments on scene. Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Wyoming Correctional Facility, American Red Cross, New York State Troopers, and NYSEG. Standing by at empty stations included Varysburg, Sheldon, Bethany, and Cuylerville fire departments.

The cause of the fire, with an estimated loss of $75,000, remains under investigation.

The family is being assisted by the Red Cross. 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 11:12 am

The cause of a Saturday afternoon fire in Castile remains under investigation. 

Castile Assistant Fire Chief Tom Wright led crews from Castile, Silver Springs, Perry Center, Perry, and Gainesville fire departments to battle a house fire on Bradley Road. Assisting at the scene was Wyoming County Emergency Services and the Red Cross. Standing by at empty stations included Pike, Gainesville and Mount Morris fire departments. 

Fire crews were on the scene for three and a half hours. There were no injuries reported. The estimated loss is $16,000.

Monday, April 11, 2016 at 1:26 pm

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Press release and file photos.

Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies throughout Wyoming County, and the state, will hold open houses on April 23 and 24 as part of RecruitNY. The campaign aims to encourage residents to join the ranks of volunteers. Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is teaming up with Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services to sponsor this volunteer firefighter and EMS recruitment drive. 

“We are fortunate to have dedicated men and women serving our communities as firefighters and EMS personnel, but we need to make sure we bring in new recruits to answer the call,” Gallivan said. “Being a volunteer is a rewarding experience and a wonderful way to help your neighbors in a time of need. I encourage everyone to visit their local fire hall to find how to get involved.”

According to the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, a nonprofit organization that supporters firefighters, there are over 100,000 volunteer firefighters statewide. That’s down from 120,000 in the early 1990s.

The recently adopted state budget includes $250,000 to promote and support recruitment of volunteers. 

For more information on recruitment weekend, contact Wyoming County Emergency Management at (585) 786-8867.

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Monday, February 1, 2016 at 11:28 am

The cause of a barn fire on Broughton Road in the Town of Gainesville remains under investigation. 

The fire, which began around midnight Sunday, destroyed a commodity building, used to store cow feed, along with multiple tons of feed and a high-lift front-end loader.

Silver Springs Fire Chief Rick Torres led crews from Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Perry Center, Gainesville, and Warsaw fire departments, in battling the blaze. Assisting at the scene were Wyoming County Emergency Services and the Sheriff’s Department. Standing by at empty fire stations were Perry Center, Pike, and Nunda fire crews.

While no injuries were reported, firemen were on the scene for four hours.

Monday, January 11, 2016 at 11:43 am

An early morning fire in Castile not only destroyed the garage, but also damaged a nearby home.

The 1:11 a.m. call came in as a garage fire on Washington Street. While no injuries were reported, an estimated loss of $250,000 extended to a mobile home, multiple snowmobiles, lawn mowers, and hand tools.

Crews were at the scene for four and a half hours under Fire Chief in Charge, Castile Assistant Fire Chief Brian Brown. Members from Castile, Perry Center, Silver Springs, Perry, Gainesville, and Wyoming Correctional fire departments were assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, and the Castile Department of Public Works. Standing by at empty fire stations included Bliss, Perry Center, and Gainesville fire departments.

The fire remains under investigation.

Monday, December 21, 2015 at 1:28 pm

As of late, his life can be best described as a country song, sung by the likes of Hank Williams or Johnny Cash. Yet, despite his losses, he walked in with a healthy smile and a warm handshake.

Sunday, Dec. 13, started out as a normal day. He knew he was going to be signing up for the Army National Guard that Wednesday with 31 Bravo Military Police. Monday he was going to see about his truck and a job. But that day, following a nap, Warsaw resident Alex Busse met up with a friend to go to Walmart and get the items they needed to make a gingerbread house.

“My father was in the Air Force for 23 years,” Busse said. “It’s a family thing, something I always wanted to do. I graduated from the Police Academy in March. My original plan was to go into the military for 20-some years, retire when I’m in my 40s and move on to a different career. But life took its own turn.”

Around the same time Busse and his friend were shopping, faulty wiring within the wall of Busse’s bedroom was smoldering; then a flame took hold. Neither Busse nor his roommate were aware of the faulty wiring as they carried on with their day. A neighbor, coming home from an errand, spotted the fire and called 9-1-1. Eight area fire departments descended on Farman Street around 1:30 in the afternoon. 

“The funny thing is,” the 23-year-old said, “about five minutes before the call came in we were taking about fires. And then I heard the call. I had said to my friend, 'we gotta go, that’s my house.' "

While Busse isn’t a native of Warsaw, he has lived in the village for the past four years. Just three months after he and his family moved in, he joined the Warsaw Fire Department.

Busse was the first to enter the house, he knew the layout and the quickest way to the source of the flames. Then, their hose blew, the coupling came apart and the crew had to get out.

“At that point, I got sidelined,” Busse said. “It was just a regular fire until the chief sidelined me. That’s when it all hit and reality came into play; as I was standing there, watching my house burn. When I first entered my house, it wasn’t my house, I wasn’t playing that role, my goal was to put out the fire: firefighter first, renter second.”

Fire department policy discourages firefighters to fight fires if it happens to be their own home for several reasons – investigation, evidentiary, emotional, they all contribute to the emotional and mental health of the firefighter – it’s not only for their safety, but their fellow crew mates as well. 

“When I got sidelined, I was pissed. I was so mad,” Busse said. “I was mad because it’s my house and I wanted to do something other than stand there and watch it burn, but I couldn’t do anything. I didn’t walk away. I just stood there.”

And Busse stood there for the entire six hours it took to get the blaze under control and finally out. Warsaw Assistant Fire Chief Joe Cummins led crews from Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Perry, Perry Center, Gainesville, Castile, and Attica fire departments. Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Warsaw Police Department, the Red Cross, and NYSEG. Standing by at empty fire stations were Varysburg, Pike and Pavilion fire departments.

“After the fire was out, I had gone in and just sat on the charred mattress and sat there and just took it in,” Busse said. “At that point I needed to be by myself. I didn’t go back to the fire house right away; as I sat there looking around I was just thinking 'It’s gone.' I looked around at the holes in the walls and just thought 'It’s all gone.' 

“It’s hard. There are better days than others. You feel empty, lost. My roommate kept asking why, but there is no why, I asked the same question, too, but I’m never going to get an answer for it.” 

Not only did Busse lose his house, during the course of the last three months, he has lost his job, which was seasonal, his truck, which needs major repairs, his dog got hit by a car and diedl and he and his girlfriend broke up.

“My mom said 'There’s really not much more you can lose. Either you have really bad voodoo or someone is going to make a country song out of your life.' I laugh at it. I have to. It’s either one way or the other. You have to find something to laugh at. 

“My fire department and our friends have stepped up big time. There are so many people who have helped me out quite a bit. It’s been amazing to see, and that has given me a different perspective on things. It’s a giant family. A giant dysfunctional family at times, but it’s a giant family. Either you laugh or you cry. My brothers in the department keep saying 'We’ve got you, we’ve got you.' "

Busse put it like this: while one dog was lost in the fire, had the fire started 20 to 30 minutes earlier, things could have been different. Twenty minutes before the fire started, Busse was taking a nap. The fire started in his room, and where it started, it would have blocked his main means of escape.

“It started where the door was and where it was, it spread very quickly because the house is very old,” Busse said. “And I looked around my room afterward and there is only this little window I would have had to have fit through. If the fire started...even 20 minutes earlier... it could have been much worse.”

Yet, it’s the little things that one takes for granted that Busse realized as well.

“The other day when we were going through the house...I had forgot I put a small load of laundry in the dryer, and when I had looked, there were three shirts in there,” Busse said. “It was like Christmas. There were these three clean shirts. I had my own clothes to wear. It was amazing. It’s the little things like that that you wouldn’t think about; I was wearing other people's clothes. I just went out and bought this sweatshirt just to have something of my own.

“People keep asking me what I need. But I am so discombobulated at this time, I really don’t know what to say. I just need everything at this point...silly stuff you take for granted like a toothbrush and toothpaste.”

Busse has been replaying the fire in his mind, wondering how he missed the signs, how, with all his training, could he have not known something was wrong. And if he had noticed something was amiss or put two and two together, he said the outcome could have been very different. However, he had also said that with electrical fires, the wires could have been sparking for days or they could have smoldered for a day or two before the fire; and the longer they smolder, the hotter the fire can be.

“So many things were going through my head as I was watching the other firefighters work,” Busse said. “Anger. Frustration. Just the fact that it’s my house and I couldn’t even do anything. I was so mad at them (Warsaw Fire Department) at that time for pulling me off the fire. I was mad at myself as well, because at that point, I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t because orders are orders whether I liked it or not. It was the chief’s decision to make and I understood why, but it still wasn’t an easy thing to do especially when I was already in the house and hitting the fire. Then I had got sidelined. Even if the hose didn’t bust, once I came out of the house I would have been sidelined. 

“When I showed up, the smoke was coming out my back window, because I knew the layout of the house I knew the best approach to get to the fire,” Busse said. “When I walked in there, it wasn’t my house, it was a fire that I needed to put out and because I knew where I was going it was boom boom. 

“We lost everything. My dresser was burnt to the ground. It was interesting to see though. Usually, in a fire, you go in put the fire out and your done. We don’t generally see the aftermath. It’s like, 'OK, the fire is out and now it’s time to jump in the truck and go home take a shower and put on clean clothes.' Not this time, I had no home to go home to.

“In one aspect, it’s a learning experience. I can go in see where the fire started, see where the char marks are, all that different kind of stuff that you normally don’t get to see when it’s not your house. It taught me a lot to see the spread pattern, how it spread and how it hit the rafters.” 

Once a fire gets into the walls, it has free reign, Busse said. Once it’s in the walls and in the rafters, there are no barriers, and in a two-story home, the flames went up and down and spread quickly.

Busse tries not to focus on the loss, instead, he has a mantra “It is what it is, s**t happens.” However, his loss encompasses childhood memories and everything that he acquired during his high school years in New Jersey. Busse was into sports and was also in the junior reserves.

“I was angry at the time,” Busse said. “The best I can say when people ask me how I’m doing, is 'I’m breathing.' It hits you at times, but I’m breathing and that’s the best I can do right now. That, and start picking up the pieces; taking baby steps, one day at a time, looking for a place to live, a job, getting my truck fixed.

“I had this old box with cards...birthday, Christmas cards...they go back to when I was 7-8 years old. I try not to focus on it. Life is going to throw punches at you. Honestly, this isn’t the worst thing that’s happened in life, at least no one was there at the time of the fire.”

For now, Busse said it’s going to take time to dust off the ashes and pick himself up. However, being this close to Christmas, makes it that much harder.

“All the gifts I had bought are gone,” Busse said. “I had bought them early, while I was working, but now they are all gone. While people say that it’s just possessions, it’s just possessions. It’s not just possessions, no matter what anybody says. Some things just cannot be replaced. No matter how hard you try, pictures and such, there’s no replacing that stuff. Yes, you will always have the memories, but there isn’t anything tangible.

“I had a memory book that was my senior year project, dating back to when I was born,” Busse said. “There were pictures and notes and it was signed by the whole class. It is no more. It’s stuff like that that isn’t replaceable. So right now, I’m focusing on just breathing and taking things day to day.”

Busse said his roommate is doing all right and is staying with her boyfriend in Perry.

“No matter how many people are around me or how awesome my brothers in the department are, there are times where you still feel completely alone in what you are doing,” Busse said. “That’s the hardest part to deal with. Miranda has her boyfriend and I stand back and still feel very alone. But the nights, when it’s quiet and dark and the thoughts just take over, that’s the worst.”

Today however, Busse said he was doing “all right” and while he doesn’t know where he is going to lay his head for the night, he does have one Christmas wish:

“What I want for Christmas. I want to see my roommate back on her feet and happy. If I can see her happy and smiling and having a good Christmas. That would be it for me.”

The Warsaw Fire Department hosted a benefit at the fire hall Dec. 19. For more information on how to help Busse call (585) 786-2468.

Monday, December 7, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Members of eight area fire departments spent six hours Sunday battling a blaze on Farman Street, Warsaw. An electrical malfunction in the attic sparked the 1:30 p.m. blaze that caused an estimated $100,000 in damages.

No one was at the house at the time of the fire, a neighbor returning home saw it and called 9-1-1. While nobody was hurt in the blaze, one of two dogs did perish in the fire. 

Warsaw Assistant Fire Chief Joe Cummins led crews from Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Perry, Perry Center, Gainesville, Castile, and Attica fire departments. Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Warsaw Police Department, the Red Cross, and NYSEG. Standing by at empty fire stations were Varysburg, Pike and Pavilion fire departments.

The two residents were assisted by the Red Cross, and are staying with friends.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 12:51 pm

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At approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday, the Perry Police Department received a report of a missing person.

At around 5 p.m., officers Nicole Salamome and Timothy Bryant located the woman approximately 100 feet down a ravine behind the cemetery on Water Street, Perry. Both officers and a Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputy went to the bottom of the ravine to assess the woman’s injuries.

The Perry Fire Department arrived on the scene and requested assistance from the Wyoming County Rope Rescue Team. The team took approximately two hours to get the injured woman out of the ravine. She was then taken by ambulance to an off-site location where Mercy Flight airlifted her to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Assisting the Perry Police Department at the scene were the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Park Police Perry and Perry Center fire departments, Perry Ambulance, Monroe Ambulance, and Wyoming County Emergency Services. 

The rope rescue team consisted of members from Attica, Warsaw, Sheldon and Varysburg fire departments; and Bennington and Cowlesville fire companies; and Wyoming Hook and Ladder.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 3:48 pm

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First responders are an integral part of the safety of any community. The selfless service that local fire departments provide is immeasurable. It is vital these local fire companies have the tools and resources they need to keep their members safe and to effectively protect the community.

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Monday, June 1, 2015 at 1:56 pm

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A mere 1.87 inches of rain fell in Warsaw between 8 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. To put that figure into perspective, it would be like 28 inches of snowfall in 24 hours.

The Village of Warsaw was placed in a state of emergency Saturday due to localized flooding along Main Street and roads east and west of Route 19 in the village. A swiftly moving storm caused flash flooding of roads, stranded motorists, turned backyards into muddy swimming pools, and flooded approximately more than two dozen residential basements. According to officials at the National Weather Service in Buffalo, flash flooding is caused by heavy rainfall in a very short period of time. 

Fire companies from Warsaw, Wyoming, Silver Springs, Perry Center, Perry, Varysburg and Pike were in the village for 11 hours Saturday aiding stranded motorists, pumping out flooded basements and directing traffic around the village. Flood waters closed down a portion of Route 20A, east and west of Route 19, and broke the banks of the Oatka. The muddy water raged down roads bringing with it leaves, branches and other debris. 

Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Wyoming County Highway Department, Warsaw Fire Department Auxiliary, Warsaw Police Department, Warsaw Department of Public Works, Warsaw Village Mayor, NYS DOT, NYS Emergency Management Office, NYS Troopers, Town of Warsaw, NYSEG, RG&E, and the American Reg Cross also assisted in the village. Fire departments standing by were Bliss, Gainesville and North Java.

“It was amazing to see the emergency crews in action,” said Warsaw Town Supervisor Rebecca Ryan. “They had a staging area set up behind the Government Center to handle all the calls coming in.”

Twenty fire department pump-out crews operated in the village with 38 requests for basement pump-outs. Additionally, four fire departments were on standby with eight more portable pumps available. Firefighters rescued multiple people stranded in their cars stuck in the flooded roadways as well.

The American Red Cross provided housing for one person, and caseworkers will be following up with all those affected to assess any ongoing needs. The New York State Police provided transportation for seven people who were displaced by the floodwater. 

While the storm left most unscathed, the Warsaw Cemetery was not so lucky. Several very large trees fell, damaging the grounds and headstones near where the Veterans Memorial is placed. Although the trees were not uprooted by the floodwater, with the deluge of that magnitude, the heavy rain could bring with it  quick, very localized surface wind that could cause the destruction of the trees, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials.

According to the NOAA, the total amount of rainfall for the county from 8 a.m. Saturday to the same time Sunday was approximately 3.54 inches with 1.69 inches falling three miles north of Silver Springs, 1.82 inches in Portageville and 1.54 inches three miles east of Varysburg. 

See also: Heavy rain floods Main Street in Warsaw

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Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 9:07 pm

A swiftly moving storm bringing heavy rain caused several roads to flood throughout Warsaw Saturday afternoon.

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Emergency crews responded to the Village of Warsaw around 6 p.m. amid flooded roads and a few stranded vehicles. 

Main Street (Route 19) as well as several side streets off the primary road were filled with muddy water as storm drains struggled to handle the deluge. 

While Wyoming County officials report the water on the roadways is under control at this time, emergency crews are still busy pumping basements and checking on area businesses.

Fire companies from Warsaw, Silver Springs, Varysburg, Perry, Perry Center, Attica, Gainesville and Pike responded to the village. 

All roads are said to be passable, however, caution is advised.

Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Department of Transportation and RG&E are assisting on the scene.

An update will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

See also: Downpour causes flooding in Warsaw

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Crews from six fire companies responded to a tire fire Monday on Route 246 in Perry. The cause of the fire was deemed accidental and caused approximately $5,000 in damages.

Perry Fire Chief Steve Laraby, fire chief in charge, and personnel were on the scene for three hours. One firefighter received a hand injury but remained on duty. Five hundred cows had to be removed from the barn nearest the fire when high winds blew smoke into the building.

Fire departments at True Farms included Perry, Perry Center, Perry Ambulance, Silver Springs, Castile, Gainesville and Cuylerville. Assisting at the scene were Wyoming County Emergency Services and the Wyoming County Hazmat Team. Standing by at empty fire stations included Gainesville, Nunda, Mount Morris and Cuylerville.

See also: Controlled brush burn spreads to tire pile in Perry.

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