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A Statement from President John Ettling on Sept. 20 Couch Street Fire

Many of you may have already heard about the early-morning, off-campus apartment fire that seriously injured one of our students and displaced seven more.

Our thoughts are with the residents of 15 Couch St. and especially the injured student, who was airlifted to Syracuse for treatment. Our hearts are with her and her family as she struggles to recover from her injuries.

In the meantime, we are doing what we can to help. We have teamed up with the Plattsburgh College Foundation and College Auxiliary Services to provide the students with temporary residence and meal access; new textbooks and school supplies; and loaner computers.

We are also reaching out to the Red Cross for additional support as our students get back on their feet. Anyone wishing to help with those efforts may contact the Red Cross or contact Project HELP at the Center for Student Involvement, 518-564-4830.

John Ettling

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