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Firefighters volunteering at deceased comrade’s farm

December 25, 2018

MARATHON, N.Y. (AP) — Firefighters are continuing to volunteer at the farm of an upstate New York firefighter who recently died from injuries suffered in an off-duty traffic accident late last month.

Syracuse.com reports that 48-year-old Stephen Zelsnack was driving back from a farm supply store in Cayuga County on Nov. 30 when state police say his vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer.

He died Friday at a Syracuse hospital.

After the accident, his friends and colleagues at the Cortland Fire Department began volunteering at Zelsnack’s 228-acre Cortland County to care for the family’s livestock, which include 100 beef cattle and dozens of sheep and 13 pigs.

Other firefighters from neighboring Broome and Chenango counties have also pitched in. Friends say the volunteer farm duty will continue into the new year.

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