From the Albany Times Union:

_After being knocked down twice by the force of a raging river during rescue attempts, firefighter Keith Cipollo finally managed to rescue a cold, frightened fisherman stranded for more than 30 minutes in the middle of the Normans Kill Wednesday afternoon….

According to witnesses, [David] Kelley, who appeared to be middle-aged, was bent on testing out a new custom fly rod in advance of the April 1 start of trout season.

__”I told him to drop the pole as I was trying to help him, but he wouldn’t,” Cipollo said. “He said he just got it….”

“He was very attached to that fishing pole,” Cipollo said._