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How first responders deal with difficult accident scenes

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This weekend's fatal accident on the Northway has had a tremendous impact on people throughout the Capital Region, including the trained professionals first on the scene. Beth Croughan has their story.

HALFMOON, N.Y. -- "The initial call came in as a rollover accident with potentially four people injured," said Saratoga County EMS Coordinator and Clifton Park-Halfmoon Ambulance Corps Operation Supervisor.

It was a little after 10 p.m. Saturday when the call came in for a two car accident on the Northway. Members of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Ambulance Corps coming back from another call were able to arrive in about two minutes time.

"Well, our paramedics that were there described it as one of the worst scenes that they had ever responded to," said McEvoy.

McEvoy said several factors added to the difficulty of the situation, including the ages of the victims involved.

"Their job every day is to go out and deal with people that are having crisis in their life. And so they're good managers and the best parts of them come out in really difficult situations like this. And that's not to say that they're not affected," he said.

By now you know the crash claimed the lives of 17-year-olds, and Shenendehowa seniors, Christopher Stewart and Deanna Rivers. It also sent their friends Matt Hardy and Bailey Wind to the hospital with serious injuries.

"There wasn't anything easy about it," said Ed Tremblay, the Saratoga County Fire Coordinator and member of the West Crescent Fire Department.

Firefighters on scene until the early morning hours and afterwards, Tremblay says they attended a debriefing.

"We've met the morning of, we met last night and the meetings are continuing to go on," Tremblay said.

Both Tremblay and McEvoy said it's the support of their peers that pushes first responders forward.

"It's their job to go out there and serve the community. It's our job as administrators to serve the needs of our people," said McEvoy.

They help to make sure they're ready, when the next call comes in.

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