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NJ State Troopers Rescue Injured Hiker Along Remote Trail

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

West Milford NJ, Yesterday, troopers from the New Jersey State Police Aviation North and T.E.A.M.S Units assisted with the rescue of a woman who was injured while hiking in a remote area in West Milford, Passaic County.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., the NJSP Aviation North Unit was contacted by West Milford Police Department to assist with the rescue of a woman who sustained a severe head injury while hiking along the Ernest Walker Trail.
When troopers arrived, members of the New Jersey State Park Police and West Milford Search and Rescue safely moved the victim from a heavily wooded trail to a small opening in the area of West Pond. Although the location was unsuitable for a safe landing, it provided troopers an opportunity to hover above and reach the victim.

As Trooper I Brian Harper and Trooper I Benjamin Bishop steadied the helicopter, hoist operator Sergeant Jason Jorgensen lowered Trooper I Rodrigo Coelho and Trooper I Craig Kempinski, of the T.E.A.M.S Unit, down to the victim. Troopers then worked with first responders on the ground to quickly secure the victim and hoist her up to the helicopter.
The victim was secured in the rescue helicopter and treated by University Hospital rescue team members, flight paramedic Logan Rafferty and flight nurse Grace Zelekovic, while she was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J.
This group of troopers and first responders worked seamlessly as a team during the rescue, and their actions undoubtedly helped the victim receive critical life-saving aid!

One thought on “NJ State Troopers Rescue Injured Hiker Along Remote Trail

  1. Good thing we didn’t defund the police…

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