Latham man dies while hiking Cascade Mountain | News, Sports, Jobs


LAKE PLACID – A 44-year-old hiker died suddenly while hiking Cascade Mountain last Saturday.

State Department of Environmental Conservation rangers responded to an ongoing CPR report of a man — Gregory Luther, of Latham — about a mile and a half from the Cascade Mountain trailhead at 11 a.m. 11 on June 25.

New York State Police were dispatched to the Cascade Trailhead at 11:20 a.m. for a report of a “man possibly dead” according to NYSP Director of Public Information Beau Duffy.

Two hikers had found Luther unresponsive on the trail, according to the DEC, and two medical students arrived and began performing CPR. Duffy said they weren’t able to revive Luther.

A doctor later arrived and determined Luther had died at 11:45 a.m.

Seven rangers and two assistant rangers helped retrieve Luther from the trail at 4:30 p.m. with the assistance of New York State Police Aviation. DEC Bureau of Environmental Crimes (BECI) investigator Anthony Panipinto also responded. Duffy said state police flew Luther to the Lake Placid airport. He was then taken to Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh for an autopsy, which determined that Luther died of natural causes.

Luther was a certified EMT and volunteered with the Latham Fire Department, according to an obituary published in the Times Union. Luther was “a lover of the outdoors” “a versatile handyman who could fix just about anything,” and “a quiet, gentle giant who loved children and spending time with his family,” according to the obituary.



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