Good Samaritans honored for Great Escape rescue

June 28, 2017 05:55 PM

ALBANY - There were special honors in store Wednesday for four good Samaritans who helped avert tragedy at the Great Escape.

Matthew Howard of Schenectady and his daughter, Lee-Ann Winchell, helped catch a 14-year-old girl as she dropped from the park's "Sky Ride" on Saturday.

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Senator Jim Tedisco gave senate citations to them Wednesday, along with Rey Rivera of Colonie and Loren Lent of Glenville, who took the video of the incident.

Howard said they all happened to be in the right place at the right time.

"I wrapped my arms around her and actually that's all I remember. I don't remember because it took the wind right out of me," explained Howard.

"We'd all do it again in a heartbeat if we had to, no life is worth losing," added Winchell.

Police say the girl's actions caused her to slip beneath the restraining bar while riding in the two-person gondola with her brother.

Although inspectors say the ride was functioning properly, it remains closed while the park conducts an internal investigation.


WNYT Staff

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