Highway workers, police chief get NY's highest honor for saving man's life

Highway workers and a police chief in Ulster County are being honored for heroic, quick-thinking actions that saved a man’s life.
Four Marlborough Highway workers -- Superintendent John Alonge, Don Fredrick, Harry Freeborn, Gary Lazaroff -- and Marlborough Police Chief Jerry Cocozza, received Liberty Medals from Sen. James Skoufis Tuesday. It's the highest honor in the state.
The men are being honored for their heroism in 2019 when a fuel tanker overturned outside of their job. They used a front-end loader to rescue the driver before spreading sand, to keep thousands of gallons of fuel oil from spilling into a nearby stream.
"During the day, usually we're not here," said Marlborough Department of Public Works superintendent John Alonge. "We had just come in from doing an assignment."
"They went above and beyond, and they performed true acts of heroism," Sen. James Skoufis said.