November 14, 2017




Women, cops and dog overcome by carbon monoxide

First responders got there just in time

CARMEL – Two women, one reportedly in her 90’s, along with two police officers and a family dog were all overcome by carbon monoxide Monday when the deadly, colorless and odorless gas permeated a residence at 19 North Gate Road in Carmel.

The women were rushed by ambulances to the Westchester Medical Center while the officers were treated at the scene by EMS personnel and the dog treated at a local veterinarian.

The incident was reported around 12:30 p.m. when the Putnam County 911 Dispatch Center received a report of two women passed out inside the home.  Carmel Police rushed to the scene along with members of the Carmel Fire Department, Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corps and paramedics from the EM STAR Ambulance Company.

Emergency responders found the two women inside the residence along with the family’s dog and brought them outside and administered oxygen.  The two Carmel Police officers complained of being dizzy and they, too, were given oxygen at the scene.

Carmel Assistant Fire Chief Robert Lipton Jr., incident commander, said the women’s lives were saved thanks to an Internet communication. “One of the women inside the home was in contact with her daughter and began to type gibberish,” Lipton said. “The respondent contacted her friend and asked that she check on the mother and grandmother. When the young woman entered the home and found the victims on the floor with the unconscious dog nearby, she called 911.”

The residence had recently undergone massive construction.  Police summoned a propane gas company to the scene to determine the cause of the carbon monoxide leak.

Assisting at the scene were members of the Brewster and Mahopac fire departments, Putnam Sheriff’s Office, Putnam Assistant Commissioner of Emergency Services Robert Lipton, Putnam Director of Emergency Medical Services Robert Cuomo, Putnam Battalion 15 Coordinator Doug Casey and a representative of the Putnam Bureau of Emergency Services.


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