Miles Lapi hailed as a hero

From left are state Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Miles Lapi, fire victims April and Mary Kwiatkowski, Sara James and Miss Montgomery County's Princess, Olivia Greco. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Lorey)

CANAJOHARIE — 13-year-old Miles Lapi of Canajoharie was presented with both a Life Saver award and a New York State Assembly Citation during a surprise ice cream sundae event at the Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday. Lapi is credited with helping to save two girls from a devastating July 27 house fire in the town of Palatine.

The ice cream event was organized by Sara James, Miss Montgomery County 2018, with support from Stewart’s Shops and members of three area fire departments under the direction of Canajoharie Fire Chief Frank Nestle.