Cayuga County Emergency Services director needs organ transplants, fundraiser planned

THE AUBURN CITIZEN | Gwendolyn Craig
Fundraisers are planned for Brian Dahl, director of the Cayuga County Office of Emergency Services.
Cayuga County legislators bowed their heads in a moment of silence Tuesday afternoon during their meeting at Emerson Park for Brian Dahl, director of the county's Office of Emergency Services. Dahl is in need of both a liver and kidney transplant and was admitted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester this past weekend.

Dahl, who has served as an emergency responder for over three decades between the Throop Volunteer Fire Department and the county's emergency management office, has needed a liver transplant for the last four years.

Deputy Director Niel Rivenburgh, who has worked with Dahl for about 10 years, said his office has been inundated with phone calls and emails from friends, colleagues and family members. Those calls, he said, are the only interruptions in the day-to-day activities of the office. Rivenburgh is taking the reins, but he briefs Dahl when appropriate.

"We're all responders," Rivenburgh said. "Even our office staff are responders in their own right, and when one of us is down, all the rest of us pick up and keep going, because that's what the one of us who is down would want done." Continue reading

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