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911 recordings after bear attack reveal badly injured Scoutmaster, calm kids


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By Ben Horowitz | NJ Advance Media for
on December 28, 2015 at 5:52 PM, updated December 29, 2015 at 7:12 AM

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP — Emergency calls received by Rockaway Township police on the day a Boy Scout leader was attacked by a bear in Splitrock Reservoir in Rockaway Township reveal an anxious, injured man and a calm child reporting the incident.

Recordings of 911 calls, obtained by NJ Advance Media under an Open Public Records Act request, show that when Scout leader Christopher Petronino of Boonton Township called on Dec. 20, he was too injured to move.

Asked how injured he was, Petronino replied, “pretty bad … I can’t move at all now.”

“I’m sorry about all this,” the victim said, and the dispatcher told him not to be sorry, asking him where he was bleeding.

Petronini said the bleeding had “subsided” but he was still bleeding from the left arm, left leg, neck and head.