Cincinnatus search crews get $6K for help in finding missing man

CINCINNATUS, N.Y. – The disappearance of Alfred Turshman in Cortland County last month set off an intense search effort that involved state police, the Cincinnatus EMS and fire departments and dozens of family members and volunteers.


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The 81-year-old man from the Chenango County town of German was reported missing on Aug. 15 in Cincinnatus. About a week later, Turshman, who had dementia, was found alive by a search team in a wooded area in the town.

He was transported by ambulance to Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, where he later died of unspecified injuries.

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Simple Pleasures Cafe, a Cincinnatus eatery Alfred Turshman often frequented, closed down during the week of Turshman's disappearnce while the owners assisted in the search efforts to locate him (Peter Blanchard/Cortland Voice)

Nick Turshman, who was Alfred's grandson, said at the time he was grateful that family members were able to see and speak with his grandfather before he died.

During the week-long search effort, Turshman set up a GoFundMe page for the Cincinnatus EMS/Fire Department. Family members said Monday the fundraiser generated more than $6,000 in donations to the Cincinnatus Fire and Ambulance station.

"The family of Alfred Turshman would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all who were there for us during the search, rescue and loss of our Dad/Papa," family members said in a Facebook post Monday.

"This is to all who helped...friends, families and strangers, whether you contributed your time, gift cards, monetary donations, food, drinks, a kind word, a prayer, or just held us in your thoughts – Thank you, we will forever be grateful."


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