“We’re 100-percent volunteer so most of us had to get home and get to work … You have to return to normalcy after helping a neighbor out all night long.”

ALBANY COUNTY — Jacob “Jake” Houck, with the Onesquethaw Volunteer Fire Company, and Gerald E. Paris Jr., Albany County’s fire coordinator, were each recently honored as Firefighter of the Year by the Albany County Volunteer Firefighters’ Association.

Chris VanPatten, whose family owned a Guilderland farmhouse for nearly a century, before selling it five years ago, was sad to see it burn on Friday.

Pangburn Road fire

NEW SCOTLAND — A one-story house on Pangburn Road caught fire on Monday, Aug. 17.

According to a release from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, events unfolded this way:

BERNE — On Saturday, a wildland fire at the Cole Hill State Forest was put out by the Berne and East Berne volunteer fire departments, aided by three state forest rangers.

GUILDERLAND — Rick Ketterer came into The Enterprise news office last week because he had a story he wanted to tell.

Just 33 years old, Kyle Haines will be the next chief of the Altamont Fire Department on Jan. 1. 

The challenge for firefighters was the construction style of the house.

Documents released on June 6 from Albany County in response to a county judge’s order include a list of documents in possession of the sheriff’s office with statements as to why the items may or may not be withheld.

Kathleen O’Neill Perry

After her Knox house burned, destroying everything she owned, Kathleen O’Neill Perry said she was in awe of her community’s support. But she said that she is still battling the psychological effects of losing her home, car, possessions, and especially her dog.


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