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New York Jets 5th Loss in A Row To the New England Patriots

New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne tries to cover New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski as he hauls in a touchdown pass at MetLife Stadium.

New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown is sacked by New England Patriots defensive lineman Deatrich Wise, Jr. and line backer Kyle Van Noy at left at MetLife Stadium .

Rainbow at Sunrise

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER A young woman walks her dog around Iroquois Lake in Central Park at sunrise in Schenectady Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER A rainbow forms at sunrise over an Eastern Avenue neighborhood in Schenectady Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

My 15 Minutes of Fame

Saturday October 6 . 2018 began like any other day. I had sports, lots of sports to cover . This first being a high school football game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. No sooner did I walk onto the field, I got an alert on my phone of a serious personal injury accident in Schoharie County. It was a 30 minute drive and continued to shoot the game and after the first half, there was a second alert requesting 3 helicopters and that the limo was full. Thats all I needed to see and I headed to the scene. After getting through the first road block at Gordon Road, I arrived at Hmy 30 and Hwy 30A. The scene was quiet, somber, and noticed firefighters consoling each other. Expecting to see vehicles in the middle of the roadway, there weren’t any, and the only other media out let on the scene was Spectrum News. I got back into my car, went over Route 7 to Hwy 30 and got through the second road block, firefighters parked a fire engine across the road and I told the firefighter I had to get to the scene. As I approached the intersection and got out of my car, a State Trooper approached me, and I told him who I was and that I was with the Gazette and he allowed me to get the shot of the partial roof of the stretch limo and I told him thats all I was going to take, got my images and left. There were tons of rumors flying around at this point. 7-8 deceased, then 10-11 deceased. When I went to bed that night, that is what I expected when I woke up the next morning. Driving to MetLife stadium for the Jets-Broncos game I got a text from a friend that confirmed 20 deceased. I nearly drove off the road and found it very hard to comprehend that number of fatalities in one incident. Then my phone started blowing up, from ABC to CNN, The New York Times, The Daily Mail, New York Post, and the list goes on and on, all wanting permission to use my photos. CNN got a hold of me and wanted to do a phone interview from MetLife Stadium. My friend Maya McNulty was in Colorado and took a shot of the screen as I was being interviewed. I left the game after the first half and handled dozens of requests from outlets all over the world sending all requests to Gazette Editor Miles Reed. When I arrived home, I sent a game action photo from the game to the Gazette then headed for Schoharie at the crash site for a live interview with CNN National Correspondent Polo Sandoval.

A truly heartbreaking story and amazing how life can change in an instant. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to the families whose lives were torn apart in the blink of an eye that afternoon, and also to the first responders from Sho-Wright Ambulance, Niagara Fire Department, Central Bridge Fire Department and countless other police, fire, and EMS agencies who were confronted with this unthinkable horror.

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Canajoharie-Fort Plain’s Joe Fischett tackles Fonda-Fultonville’s Jason Cole Saturday, October 6, 2018.

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Emergency vehicles surround the Apple Barrel Cafe at Route 30 and Route 30A in Schoharie after a van style limousine and an SUV collided killing two pedestrians in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Cafe and all 18 occupants in the limo.

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER The top of a stretch limousine is all that can be seen after a collision in front of the Apple Barrel Cafe at Route 30 and Route 30A in Schoharie with a parked SUV, killing two by standers and all 18 occupants of the limo.

While at the New York Jets game, I was asked by CNN to do a phone interview just before half time. So standing in the photo workroom I spoke for a couple of minutes.

Being interviewed at the scene by CNN National Correspondent Polo Sandoval.

Jets and Vikings at MetLife Stadium 10.21.18

A few photos from this weekend’s game the New York Jets hosting the Minnesota Vikings. Vikings won 37-17.


New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is tripped up by Minnesota Vikings Tom Johnson at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, NJ Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray leaps over New York Jets linebacker Frankie Luvu and safety Terrence Brooks for a touchdown at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, NJ Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Jets DL Steve McClendon wraps up Vikings RB Mike Boone.

New York Jets Sam Darnold is sacked by a host of Minnesota Vikings linemen at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, NJ Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Jets QB Sam Darnold is squeezed out of the pocket by Vikings LB Anthony Barr.

New York Jets Lose to the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium Sunday . September 16 . 2018

New York Jets running back Bilal Powell hurdles over Dolphins safety Reshad Jones for their only touchdown.

New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson can’t come up with a reception next to Miami Dolphins safety TJ McDonald at MetLife Stadium.

Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa hauls in a reception as Dolphins Raekwon McMillan moves in for the tackle.

Jets Jordan Jenkins pressures Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill into a fumble.

Jets Brandon Copeland drags Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill to the turf for a sack.

Air Bag Explodes at Interstate 890 Car Fire

The air bag explodes as flames engulf a car on Interstate 890 in Rotterdam as a South Schenectady Engine enters the scene in July.

Funeral for New York State Trooper Joel Davis . Fort Drum . NY

The motorcycle motorcade leads the procession from Gate 2 at Fort Drum onto Route 26 in the town of LeRay.

The motorcade arrives at Fort Drum’s Gate 2 under an American flag suspended between 2 Fort Drum Fire Department ladder trucks.

Buffalo Police Department represented at Fort Drum.

Rivers Casino Fireworks in Schenectady . NY

Fireworks explode over Rivers Casino on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady.

2 Alarm Fire . 565 Florence Street . Schenectady . NY

The first 2 alarm fire in the City of Schenectady in 2017. Call came in at 1345 about multiple calls of a structure fire in the area of Gerling, Van Vranken, and Florence streets. Leaving station one, Deputy Chief Gerfin saw smoke from the apron and called a 2nd alarm. There were also conflicting reports of people re entering the building to get belongings and pets. Water supply was a problem with temperatures in the upper teens hydrants were frozen and alternatives had to be located meaning longer stretches of supply lines. Lt. Brian Demerest of Truck 1 informed DC Gerfin to have manpower pull out of the building and with air horns sounding operations turned to defensive. The fire was brought under control at 1535.

Long Night After 2-Alarm Fire Destroys Parkwood Blvd. Home


Schenectady firefighters responded to a house fire at 1052 Parkwood Boulevard after a fire on a porch was reported. Upon arrival of Deputy Chief Dan Mareno a 2nd Alarm was sounded bringing the remainder of city apparatus to the scene as well as Engine 402 from Niskayuna Fire District 1. The crew of Engine 4 was successful in rescuing a woman from a 2nd floor bathroom. She was taken to Albany Medical Center then transferred to the Westerchester Burn Unit. The cause of the fire is suspicious. 3 firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated at Ellis Hospital and released.

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