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Monday, June 27, 2016

Allegany County search/rescue: "Never in a million years" did we expect to find him alive

This story could have easily had an unfortunate ending, but for once, it's good news. The motorcyclist who became the subject of a massive search in the Allentown, NY area in Allegany County Sunday was found today...by two female rural mail carriers. They just happen to be volunteer Public Safety officials...one a Bolivar firefighter and the other, a Bolivar Ambulance emergency medical technician. The 61-year-old man from Lock Haven, PA was taken by Wellsville ambulance to Jones Memorial Hospital for evaluation.
Allentown Fire Chief Ezura Taylor told RNN, "not in a million years...did we expect to find him alive." "It was a total team effort," Taylor said. The currently unidentified man became "disoriented and lost." He 'bedded' down in the leaves for the night. Today, he walked two miles from where he landed until he reached county road 18, where he was discovered. Taylor said the terrain was "rough" and "well of the beaten path." 87 volunteer and paid professionals engaged in the search.
Taylor said the man was involved in an "observed time trial," part of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) event. AMA Manager Alex Hunter said he would comment later.
Taylor said since the first dispatch at 4:20 p.m. Sunday, everything went "perfectly." When asked how the rescuers were doing, Taylor replied, "We're whipped."
Taylor said the mail carriers were just doing they're job, relaying mail from Bolivar to the local area. #TeamEffort.