Usually, we're grateful to our first responders for responding to a catastrophic emergency. This time we have them to thank for avoiding one.

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Crisis Averted in the Hudson Valley, NY

The Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department took to Facebook yesterday to share how the quick response of their emergency services team may have narrowly averted a much more dire situation at a Mobil gas station in Westchester County, NY.

From their post:

Multiple 911 calls reporting an ice machine on fire adjacent to the Mobil Gas Station on South Riverside Avenue - also immediately next to a storage cabinet for BBQ propane tanks.

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Croton-on-Hudson Fire Response

It doesn't take rocket science to put together what could have happened if their response wasn't as quick as it was. I've freaked out seeing someone smoking a cigarette near a gas station, let alone an active fire on gas station property next to propane tanks. The fire department continued:

Units began to arrive just over one minute after dispatch, confirming the active fire. First-arriving Chief Munson used an extinguisher from his Fire SUV to knock down the flames and prevent the spread to the propane tanks upon his arrival

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Fire engine 119 was then able to finish extinguishing the fire, turning what could have been a major disaster into an almost-routine drill for the seasoned department. Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department put it best, saying, "another quick response prevents a major emergency".

Hudson Valley, NY First Responders

Hudson Valley first responders stay busy with a wide array of emergency situations. Keep scrolling to see some miraculous rescues, including the rescue of a stranded hiker that required a helicopter below.

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