“It was a very taxing afternoon, but everything worked out,” said Mark Acker, platoon chief with the Niagara Falls Fire Department. “Everyone involved was exposed to poison ivy so they all had to shower and change their clothes. All of our equipment, our ropes, our harnesses and baskets all had to be washed.”
The rescue call was received at about 11 a.m. regarding a 54-year-old man who was injured while hiking in the Whirlpool.
“There was a group of people hiking and they got split up. The male came off the trail and he tried to climb up. He got part way up and injured himself so that he couldn’t go up or down,” said Acker.
A crew of firefighters, along with a pair of paramedics, went down and located the victim. He was strapped onto a stretcher and was carried out of the gorge about 200 feet.
“Everybody is OK and the patient was not severely injured as far as we know,” said Acker. “It was pretty muddy down there from all the rain we’ve had and if you get off the trail you are done.”
The rescue operation took about two hours.
— Niagara Falls, Ont., Review
• THEFT: Officers are looking into a theft in the 1800 block of Niagara Avenue. A 50-year-old man told police that sometime between 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday someone took a lawn mower from his backyard.
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested on drunken driving charges after a traffic stop in the 3000 block of Welch Avenue at 10:47 p.m. Sunday. Stafford Gordon Jr., 44, 1122 Ferry Ave., Apt. 2, was charged with driving while intoxicated.
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• DWI: Michael J. Lekanka, 48, 5334 Ridge Road was charged Wednesday with driving while intoxicated as well as traffic infractions. Niagara County Sheriff's deputies stopped Lekanka on Robinson Road about 10:15 p.m. after responding to a reckless driver complaint and watching him swerve repeatedly and move from lane to lane unsafely. The deputy noted it took an "extra long" amount of time for Lekanka to pull over. He told the deputy he was coming from a company golf outing in Elma. He then failed field sobriety tests and was found to have a 0.17 percent blood alcohol content, according to a chemical test.
• DWI: Andrew J. Brigman, 19, 52 Blick St., Sloan, was charged at 12:51 a.m. Monday on Tremont Street with DWI and speeding. His blood alcohol content was 0.09 percent. Brigman is being held in lieu of $250 bail.
• LARCENY: Rose M. Hoholek, 49, 1123 19th St., Apt. 2, Niagara Falls, was charged at 3:27 p.m. Sunday at Walmart with petit larceny. She was held for court in lieu of $250 bail.