2 Park Police Officers Receive Prestigious State Award

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The quick thinking and heroic actions of two state park police officers, who rescued a summer boater overcome by carbon monoxide fumes, have been recognized with one of the highest civilian honors.

State Senator Patty Ritchie presented officers John Friot Jr. and Dustin Lottie with the New York State Liberty Award.

Friot, a 9 year veteran, and Lottie, an 8 year veteran, were credited with taking control of a moving 28-foot cabin cruiser operated by 71 year old Thomas Clark of Malone, who had passed out after being overcome by fumes on the St. Lawrence River.

The boat was on a collision course with the Long Sault Control Dam when the daring rescue took place.

Lottie maneuvered the police boat next to the out of control boat as Friot jumped on board taking the controls and stopping the boat.

"The first thing that went through my mind was we needed to get him medical attention as soon as possible," said Friot.

"It's good to be recognized for doing something good. It's good that Mr. Clark can go back and enjoy his family," said Lottie.

Clark was later treated and released from Massena Memorial Hospital.

Friday, December 19, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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