Friday, February 12, 2016

Steuben County: Fire departments recognized for help in homicide investigation

Photo: Assistant Chief Joe O’Brian, of the Caton Volunteer Fire Department, and Chief Peter Bierwiler, of the Forest View Gang Mills Volunteer Fire Department, and their volunteer departments were commended Monday by county Sheriff David Cole. 
BATH -- Two volunteer fire departments were recognized Monday for their assistance in an alleged homicide case on Sept. 29 in the Town of Caton.
Steuben County Sheriff David Cole commended the Caton and Forest View Gang Mills volunteer fire department for their assistance in the investigation into the death of Kelley Clayon, of Caton.
Cole said the investigation, which also included six police agencies, led to the search of a pond located near the homicide scene.
The volunteer fire departments operated and managed equipment for approximately 12 hours in order to safely drain 1.3 million gallons of water from the pond, allowing investigators to conduct a needed “grid search,” Cole reported.
Cole commended the volunteers for “their cooperation and dedication to the citizens of Steuben County.”