Residents are mourning the loss of a Hudson Valley firefighter.

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Deputies and detectives from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office are investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred Sunday afternoon in the Town of Gardiner. The preliminary police investigation revealed a passenger car was traveling east on Route 44/55 when it collided with a motorcycle at the intersection Bruynswick Road, authorities say.

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After the impact, the passenger car struck a utility pole. The operator of the motorcycle was later identified as 75-year-old George Airday of Gardiner.

Unfortunately, Airday was pronounced deceased at the scene due to injuries he sustained from the crash, according to the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. The unnamed driver and passenger of the car were transported to St. Lukes Hospital. Their injuries were not released.

"At this time there appears to be no criminality involved with this accident and speed is not a factor. The investigation remains open and ongoing," the Ulster County Sheriff's Office stated on Facebook. "The Ulster County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the State Police and Town of Gardiner Fire Department."

Airday was a member of the Gardiner Fire Department, according to the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

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