Vigil held to remember Schoharie crash victims

October 11, 2018 12:15 AM

SCHOHARIE - About 1,000 community members, first responders and family members of the victims gathered at the Schoharie Central High School for a vigil Wednesday night.

The vigil was filled with tears, prayer and song. It may take a long time for the Schoharie community to grieve the loss of those 20 people, but one thing is certain, they will do it together.

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The bell rang 20 times in memory of each victim who died in the crash Saturday.

A standing ovation for the men and women who were there to help.

“That’s an honor because they’re here to grieve just as much as we are and to have everyone of them turn around and applaud us is an absolute honor for the devastation that is happened to these families," Schoharie Fire Chief Marty Pierce said.

Pierce said he and his crew will probably never be the same.

"Our goal is to get our first responders that were on scene and off and their families somewhat back to normalcy," Pierce said. "And it’s going to take some time it’s not going to happen because of one or two meetings a few vigils it’s going to take some time.”

Esperance Fire Chief Matthew Deffer agrees. They’re not easy conversations to have, but Deffer is making sure they happen.

“This is something that you know we’ve pushed hard to make them talk you know we want everybody to get everything out so that we have no injuries to firefighters," Deffer said.

While everyone touched by the tragedy grieves, support is pouring in from across the globe.

“Just seeing the nation wide in the international out reach that has come to Schoharie and Montgomery counties is really heartwarming to know that something that happens in such a small town can impact so many others," Goblet said.

Fire companies and emergency response services from around the state and across the country have reached out to offer their help to the first responders in Schoharie. Pierce and Deffer said they’re taking it day by day, but should they need any additional help for their crews they won’t hesitate in asking for it.


WNYT Staff

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