- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

KEENE, N.Y. (AP) - A New York City fire department EMS lieutenant from Staten Island has died in a hiking accident in upstate New York.

The Staten Island Advance (https://bit.ly/1YzDGvH ) says Essex County Coroner Francis Whitelaw released at statement saying it happened Saturday afternoon at Roaring Brook Falls in the town of Keene.

Whitelaw says 37-year-old Joann Restko was with a friend when she went to a ledge on top of the falls to take a photograph and disappeared. Her friend was unable to locate her and called rangers from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Restko’s body was found at the base of the falls about 80 to 100 feet below the ledge.

Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro called it a terrible tragedy and said the department’s thoughts and prayers were with the Restko family.


Information from: Staten Island Advance, https://www.silive.com

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