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.

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