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Schoharie County Disaster Responders Honored by Local Leaders

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"We are proud to be part of a truly cohesive and collaborative group [...] in Schoharie County."

On Tuesday, January 13, Assemblyman Peter D. Lopez and Schoharie County Emergency Services Director Michael Hartzel attended the American Red Cross’ Schoharie County Disaster Services Team meeting to honor multiple community partners for their active engagement in local disaster response and preparedness efforts.

Sharon Springs Central School, the Summit Fire Department and the Schoharie County Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) were recognized for their hard work and dedication to serving victims of disasters large and small in Schoharie County. The evening was a celebration of the successful collaboration between local government and community partners in addressing the disaster preparedness, response and recovery needs of Schoharie County residents. 

“I am pleased that I could take part in acknowledging these dedicated volunteers and the services they provide to protect our families and communities,” said Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I- Schoharie) who has worked to help with relief for constituents affected by Hurricane Irene. “When it comes to working through disaster, I’ve learned that it is so critical to have organizations with trained volunteers that provide immediate aid to our neighbors who are hit the hardest. We will never know when the next disaster will strike. The continued work of these volunteers must be supported.”

“I would like to thank the members of the DAT Team, Sharon Springs Central School and Summit Fire Department for leaning forward to provide the best service for the residents of Schoharie County and making the county more resilient for future disasters,” said Michael Hartzel, Director of the Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services.

“We are proud to be part of a truly cohesive and collaborative group committed to emergency preparedness and community resilience in Schoharie County,” said Tim Bachman, Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region. “We are grateful to Assemblyman Lopez and Michael Hartzel for this recognition and for their ongoing support of our work.”

For more information about the Schoharie County Disaster Services Team, contact Angelika Klapputh, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager, at (518) 410-7805 or email

Pictured above from left to right: Assemblyman Peter D. Lopez, Schoharie County Emergency Services Director Michael Hartzel, American Red Cross Schoharie County Disaster Action Team members Irene Loucks, Peggy Hait, Paula Ferguson, Anne MacCuish, Sandy Wood, Angelika Klapputh, James Belfiore, Todd Heyn, Karen O’Connor, and Bonnie Farrell