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December 23, 2013

In Our Opinion: Cheers

The Daily Star

---- — To Dave Robinson, chief of the Gilbertsville Fire Department, for likely saving the life a woman and a child on Dec. 8.

Robinson was on his way to hunt when he noticed swerve marks heading off the road and down into a steep, heavily wooded ravine. He went into the ravine and saw an abandoned Jeep with two car seats inside in the stream bed. Robinson contacted fire control, he said, and followed tracks into the woods.

After about three-quarters of a mile, Robinson said, he heard the voice of a woman and began calling out to her, instructing her to walk back toward his voice.

Danielle M. Fink, 25, was carrying a small child and was extremely disoriented, Robinson said. He said Fink didn’t remember anything other than getting out of her Jeep.

“There is not much doubt that Chief Robinson saved this woman’s life,” department member Scot Lueck said. “In her disoriented state, she most likely would have wandered through the miles of woods in that area until she was exhausted and then died of exposure, along with the child, on that 26-degree day.”

Robinson could have easily ignored the skid marks and went on with his hunt, but instead he stopped and probably saved two lives.

He is the true definition of a hero.


To local residents who recently graduated as state troopers. 

Seven of the 10 new troopers will be assigned to Troop C, which is headquartered between Sidney and Unadilla.

One of them earned special recognition during the graduation ceremony on Dec. 10.

Trooper Jonathan D. Cook, 30, of Schenevus, was the winner of the “Joseph T. Aversa Physical Training Award.” During physical agility testing, he achieved the highest score of all 180 members of the class.

The recruits went through 26 weeks of training and started field training last week. They are expected to be certified to ride alone by the end of February.

We are proud of our local law enforcement graduates and thank them for helping to protect us.


To the “Think Local First” campaign, which kicked off Dec. 10 at Springbrook in Milford.

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce have initiated the campaign to support local businesses and economy.

At the kick-off event, Jeff Haggerty of Ace Hardware, Betsy Westad Cunningham of Artware, Chad Welch of Smith Cooperstown and Scott White of the Bank of Cooperstown addressed the purchasing power of dollars in the local economy, and the importance of supporting small businesses in the region. 

The timing of the event made sense, as many people think of shopping locally most often during the holiday season. But we are glad to see this will be an ongoing effort, as the impact local businesses have on the local economy is important all year long.