Cooperstown firefighters welcomed home

Cooperstown Volunteer firefighters Jon Roach and Scott Monington were given a heroes welcome home after undergoing burn treatments at Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse.

Posted: Mar 1, 2020 6:40 PM
Updated: Mar 2, 2020 2:26 PM

MIDDLEFIELD, N.Y. Cooperstown Volunteer firefighters Jon Roach and Scott Monington were given a heroes welcome home after undergoing burn treatments at Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse.

The two firefighters were injured following a severe garage fire in Middlefield last week.

Members of the community as well as law enforcement and a number of fire companies from throughout the area, lining up at Clark's Sport's Center in Cooperstown to show their support.

The two were escorted from the hospital in Syracuse to their home in Middlefield. Jon's mom waiting for them as they passed through Cooperstown.

She said she was devastated when she heard the news about Jon's injuries.

"Absolutely terrified, but the support from the fire department and the love and support,  it made a really big difference," said Michele Roach.

Roach also said her son got support from Scott Monington's daughter Mckayla. She said she never left Jon's side until he was released from the hospital on Sunday.

As the convoy passed through Middlefield, the firefighters went by the home where the fire happened. Cooperstown Chief Jim Tallman who was also injured said it was hard to drive past the house.

"It was a surreal scene just unbelievable what we had and what we went through. Bringing them out and taking them to the hospital, it was just a nightmare," said Tallman.

2 Middlefield firefighters were also injured during the fire. Cooperstown fire officials are confident that Jim and Scott will be returning to service soon.

"I'm sorry about the injuries that they sustained but I'm glad they are still with us. And knowing these guys the way that I do, they will be back on the line soon," said Assistant Chief Mike Molloy.

State fire continues to investigate what caused the fire and explosions.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2514422

Reported Deaths: 56038
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings33302810840
Queens31485510285
Suffolk2388013596
Nassau2139053290
Bronx2073266748
New York1677674635
Westchester1434812338
Erie1057911944
Richmond887311933
Monroe838301183
Orange57344909
Rockland52979779
Onondaga51689758
Dutchess35490497
Albany30633388
Oneida28461585
Broome24233404
Niagara23884397
Saratoga20111198
Ulster17224278
Schenectady16592227
Rensselaer14692167
Putnam1244896
Chautauqua12318174
Oswego11556112
Chemung10798154
St. Lawrence10424126
Steuben10037173
Ontario9296110
Jefferson874874
Cayuga8613107
Sullivan843183
Wayne810384
Cattaraugus7622113
Genesee6945132
Herkimer6741128
Clinton666538
Tompkins647559
Fulton6258102
Madison6138102
Montgomery5890139
Livingston568071
Warren540782
Cortland531379
Tioga503671
Columbia4984111
Chenango465786
Allegany457196
Washington456467
Otsego454154
Greene435386
Wyoming434958
Orleans429487
Franklin423320
Lewis357138
Delaware352947
Seneca272563
Schoharie227721
Essex226831
Yates161028
Schuyler152417
Hamilton4353
Unassigned14826
Out of NY0311
Utica
Partly Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 53°
Oneonta
Partly Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 54°
Herkimer
Partly Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 53°
Old Forge
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 53°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Game Day Deals - New Deals Each Week
Chapter Aesthetic October Giveaway
Cool To Be Kind 2021
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve