NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Philip T. Rougeux
Troop D Commander
On March 26, 2020, State Police in Watertown responded to a report of a traumatic injury at 20219 CR 189 in the town of Lorraine, Jefferson County.
The investigation has revealed 57-year-old Patrick D. Bates was cutting a large tree down with a chainsaw, on his property, when the tree kicked back towards Mr. Bates striking him and pinning him under the tree. Mr. Bates was located under the 60-foot tree and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
State Police were assisted at the scene by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Adams Fire Department, South Jefferson Rescue and Lorraine Fire Department.