ESSEX COUNTY, N.Y. -- A group of first responders who helped locate the victims of a plane crash last week were recognized by Governor Andrew Cuomo for their heroic acts of bravery.
Nine forest rangers and dispatcher were commended Wednesday afternoon for the rescue of three men whose small plane crashed in the Adirondack Mountains near Lake Placid last Thursday.
Two men were able to walk away from the crash uninjured, while one sustained only a minor injury.
But thanks to the quick response from the rangers, the crash victims also didn't have to deal with the frigid temperatures for long.
Cuomo's message to the rescuers reflected on the sacrifices made each day by public service people.
"We all think what would I do in that situation, but you don't really know until you're in that situation. And you went above and beyond that call of duty. And that marriage, that combination of skill, expertise and courage saved lives," Cuomo said.
The rangers worked against both cold weather and darkness and were able to safely locate the victims just under eight hours after the crash.