Community Rallies Behind NY Teen Fighting for His Life

Blake Driskell

(WETM) – Monday was a typical day for 16-year-old Blake Driskell. A high school athlete born into an active family, Blake was hiking with three friends near a waterfall in Steuben County. While they were hiking Blake slipped, grabbed for a tree, and fell off the ledge.

Blake’s three friends Elijah, Trent, and Jacob sprung into action, two of them rushing to assist Blake and the other going to get help. Jacob held Blake’s head still until first responders could arrive on the scene.

“They did an outstanding job of holding their friend’s head and making sure that he was in the best care not moving,” said Blake’s mom, Kim. “I just love them for that.”

Blake was LifeFlighted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and was placed into a medically-induced coma. He suffered a deflated lung and a brain injury, the extent of which is still unknown at this time. CONTINUE