Amtrak Detective and New York State Trooper Rescue Elderly Couple and Pets from Burning RV

An Amtrak detective and a New York State trooper came to the rescue of an elderly couple and their pets after their motorhome caught fire in upstate New York.


Burning RV Trapped Elderly Couple and Pets

A motorhome caught fire on a highway just outside of Catskill, in upstate New York on Thursday afternoon. The New York State Police reported that the 2005 Allegro RV, which was towing a Jeep, experienced a mechanical failure and erupted in flames. Unfortunately, Raymond J. Hanas, 82, and Patricia A. Grabley, 81, were trapped inside.

Off-duty Amtrak detective, Scott DiBisceglio, happened to be driving by when he noticed the motorhome engulfed in flames. He quickly pulled over and rushed to help the elderly couple. Another trooper who arrived at the scene used a baton to break the RV's windows and safely rescue the couple and their pets, including a cat.

Firefighters and Rescue Efforts

The local fire department, Catskill Fire Company, dispatched two fire engines, including a rescue tanker, to extinguish the fire on the tour bus type RV. They worked swiftly to prevent the fire from spreading further and causing more damage.

Following the incident, both Hanas and Grabley were evaluated at the scene for minor injuries and smoke inhalation. However, they declined further medical treatment, according to the state police.

Life-Saving Actions and Gratitude

The New York State Police praised the swift response from the state troopers, stating that their quick actions undoubtedly saved the lives of the trapped family. They prevented a potential tragic ending and provided the couple with a chance to celebrate the upcoming New Year.

This heroic rescue serves as a reminder of the bravery and dedication exhibited by law enforcement officers in protecting and serving their communities.