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County helps keep Western rescue operations afloat

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WESTERNVILLE, N.Y. -- The waters of Delta Lake will be safer this summer, thanks to a special donation from the Oneida County Sheriff's office.

Sheriff Rob Maciol handed over the keys to one of his department's marine rescue boats to the chief of the Western Volunteer Fire Company Thursday. The department requested assistance from the county when its boat went out of service last fall.

The donated vessel is a surplus item from the sheriff's office that Western's chief says will make a big difference to residents and tourists all year round.

"It's going to work out good for us. It puts us back in service, we can help our neighboring departments and I feel more comfortable because I feel that our area's a lot safer, especially our waterways," said Chief Michael Anania.

The chief says Western firefighters are called on to respond to around eight water rescues every year.

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