Approximately two hours after being found by Rockland Chaveirim volunteers, the two missing special needs boys were removed by Catskills Hatzolah ATV’s and brought out to hundreds of volunteers singing and dancing.
Bichasdei Hashem, both boys are in good condition, despite walking for around 15 hours in dangerous terrain, as well as two bouts of heavy rain and thunderstorms.
The family tells YWN that are most grateful to all members of law enforcement, as well as all volunteers who worked tirelessly to find their beloved family members. The NY State Police, Forest rangers, as well as Ulster County Sheriff’s Department worked hand in hand.
A YWN photographer captured a heartwarming image of the two fathers hugging Catskill Coordinator Yeedle Feig, as they thanked him for his tireless efforts, as he worked through the night to help locate the missing boys. Hundreds of Hatzolah members must be publicly commended for the devotion and assistance, as well as members of Chaveirim from multiple different neighborhoods which deployed within minutes to offer assistance.
Rabbi Abe Friedman, the Chaplain of the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department expressed his sincere gratitude to all law enforcement agencies on the scene, as well as Ulster County Sheriff’s who were utilizing a drone with infrared technology to try and locate the missing boys.