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WARRENSBURG — A Warrensburg man who was pulled from the Schroon River on Friday after he fell down an embankment into the river has died from his injuries.

Reidar Gangsaa, 80, was taken to Albany Medical Center after he was rescued after falling down an embankment on or near his property off River Street, north of the Commercial Avenue intersection.

A passerby spotted him and he was reported to be face down in rocks, partially in the water, and first responders found him conscious but with a head injury.

State Trooper Andrew Carpenter was the first on the scene and pulled Gangsaa to safety with the assistance of Warrensburg firefighters. 

Gangsaa was found to have suffered a fractured skull, and he died Sunday at the hospital.

Police believe he was raking or cleaning up along the river, which he was known to do, when he slipped and fell down a 15-foot rocky embankment along the river.

Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said Gangsaa was well-known around town. He was frequently working on his property, planting flowers near the river.

"He was a really nice guy," Geraghty said.

Gangsaa was a retired contractor.

Calling hours have been set from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Alexander Funeral Home, 3809 Main St. in Warrensburg.

A funeral service to celebrate his life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, and burial will follow in St. Cecilia's Cemetery, Hudson Street, Warrensburg.

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reporter - crimes & courts, public safety and Warren County government

Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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