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Police: Firefighter dies following Ulster County rock climbing accident

A firefighter died in a rock climbing accident in Gardiner Tuesday.

News 12 Staff

Sep 8, 2021, 4:35 PM

Updated 1,018 days ago

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A firefighter died in a rock climbing accident in Gardiner Tuesday.
Authorities say Stephen Buda was climbing the Trapps Bridge section of the Mohonk Preserve when he fell.
The call for help came in around 5:30 p.m.
News 12 is told Buda was not wearing safety equipment when he fell from nearly 150 to 175 feet.
Buda was a firefighter in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The fire department acknowledged his death on Facebook Tuesday.
According to the department, Buda leaves behind a wife and two children.


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