Vigil held for those affected by fatal Schoharie limo crash
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (WRGB) - SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (WRGB) - Department by department, first responders from Schoharie and beyond were recognized at Wednesday's vigil for their heroic efforts on scene the day 20 people died in one catastrophic crash.
"It was a horrific scene. It's something that words cannot describe," said Marty Pierce, Schoharie Fire Chief.
Chief Pierce was there.
He says he was joined by about 75 to 100 additional first responders, mostly volunteers.
"They went in, checked for sign of life, they had possibilities of signs of life, with those people they removed from the vehicle and transported to area hospitals," he said.
Sadly, those people didn't make it.
And for the others, Chief Pierce says it was already too late when responders arrived.
"It was deemed that there was nothing else we could do."
Josh Loden was also at the scene that day, working at the Apple Barrel cafe owned by his family.
He says he watched as responders worked round the clock.
"I can't be any more proud to call them a part of this community," Loden said.
Loden's family helped to organize the vigil.
As a former volunteer himself, Loden says he has a sliver of understanding what these courageous men and women are going through.
"In the moment it's your duty, and it's step by step. It's the after effect when you get home and you're alone and you're no longer on duty," he said.
Chief Pierce says they are still continuing to heal, but they are closely monitoring each responder's emotional well-being.
"We are working diligently with our members and their families to make sure we get through this. We are a tight knit group."
And whenever they need to, these heroes can always lean on each other.