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One Firefighter Injured In Two-Alarm Linden Fire: Police One Firefighter Injured In Two-Alarm Linden Fire: Police
One Firefighter Injured In Two-Alarm Linden Fire: Police One firefighter was injured in a two-alarm blaze at an apartment complex in Linden on the morning of Sunday, July 14, authorities said. At 10:30 a.m., first responders were on scene at Hollywood Terrace Apartments in Linden on a report of a fire, Linden police said in a release. Firefighters were met with flames coming from the windows of both floors of the apartment on the 600 block of Academy Terrace, police said. Neighboring apartments were immediately evacuated as firefighters began to attack the fire, police said. It took 40 minutes to bring the fire under control, police said. One fi…
Father-Son Duo Arrested In Explosion That Rocked NJ Neighborhood During July 4th Party Father-Son Duo Arrested In Explosion That Rocked NJ Neighborhood During July 4th Party
Father-Son Duo Arrested In Explosion That Rocked NJ Neighborhood During July 4th Party A 60-year-old man and his 28-year-old son have been arrested in a fireworks explosion at a July Fourth party that left a 34-year-old guest seriously injured, authorities said. Thomas Kaiser, of South Plainfield, and his son, Erich Kaiser, of Monmouth Junction, were trying to set off a signal cannon a July Fourth party in Manville Saturday, July 6 around 8:15 p.m., when things went horribly awry, Manville's Deputy Chief Craig Jeremiah said. Erich and Thomas Kaiser. Manville PD The device exploded after being lit, sending shrapnel throughout the neighborhood, according to Je…
Teen Struck By Boat Propeller Airlifted After Saved By Off-Duty Officer On Greenwood Lake Teen Struck By Boat Propeller Airlifted After Saved By Off-Duty Officer On Greenwood Lake
Teen Struck By Boat Propeller Airlifted After Saved By Off-Duty Officer On Greenwood Lake An off-duty police officer came to the aid of an 18-year-old man who was struck by a boat propeller on Greenwood Lake last month. Vernon Cpl. Steve Rovetto was on the lake in West Milford when he saw that the man had been struck around 6 p.m. June 20, and called 9-1-1, West Milford Police Capt. Parrello said. Rovetto went over to the victim, improvised a tourniquet out of rope, and then accompanied him by boat to the South Shore Marina. At the marina, they were met by West Milford Sgt. Bregman who applied a tourniquet and requested a medical helicopter due to the seriousness of the injury.…
NJ Mom Killed By Falling Tree While Camping With Family In Furious Upstate NY Storm NJ Mom Killed By Falling Tree While Camping With Family In Furious Upstate NY Storm
NJ Mom Killed By Falling Tree While Camping With Family In Furious Upstate NY Storm A New Jersey woman was killed in upstate New York over the weekend when a tree fell on her camper during fierce thunderstorms that ripped through the region, authorities said. At about 10:50 a.m. the Delaware County 911 Center received multiple reports of trees down on campers at multiple locations with an individual trapped at the Russell Brook Campground in the Town of Colchester. Carol E. Luistro was inside of her camper when it was struck by a fallen tree, pinning her underneath it, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Colchester police said. Her age was not released. Pho…
Crash Delays Route 3 In Clifton Crash Delays Route 3 In Clifton
Crash Delays Route 3 In Clifton Delays were being reported along Route 3 where a motor vehicle crash was reported Monday afternoon, July 1. It happened in the westbound lanes, west of Route 21 just before 1 p.m. As of 1:10 p.m., one left lane was closed with emergency response vehicles at the scene.
Car Fire Shuts Route 280, DOT Says Car Fire Shuts Route 280, DOT Says
Car Fire Shuts Route 280, DOT Says A vehicle fire closed a portion of Route 280 Monday evening, June 24 in Essex County. Emergency response vehicles were at the scene in Orange as of 7:45 p.m. Two right lanes on the eastbound side just east of Exit 11 were closed.
Ejection, House Struck In Horrific Maywood Crash Ejection, House Struck In Horrific Maywood Crash
Ejection, House Struck In Horrific Maywood Crash An occupant was ejected when one SUV hit a house and another a utility pole in a fierce collision in Maywood, authorities said. One of the vehicles was knocked onto its side in the crash at the corner of East Passaic and Elm streets around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16. Two Teaneck men -- 28 and 20 years old -- were in one vehicle, responders said. A 25-year-old Bogota woman was driving the other, they said. All three were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. Maywood firefighters and police responded, along with Rochelle Park police, who assisted, and the Bergen County Prosecu…
Jet Skier Injured On Hudson Jet Skier Injured On Hudson
Jet Skier Injured On Hudson A jet skier required medical attention following a weekend accident on the Hudson River. The victim was brought to shore at Bloomers Beach near the northern boat basin near Henry Hudson Drive in Palisades Interstate Park in Englewood Cliffs around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16, responders said. The NYPD Harbor Unit joined Palisades Interstate Parkway Police at the scene. There was no immediate word on the victim's condition. CHECK BACK FOR MORE DETAILS
Fire Ravages Englewood Home Fire Ravages Englewood Home
Fire Ravages Englewood Home Flames blew through the roof of an Englewood home ravaged by a ferocious fire. The blaze apparently ignited on the second floor of the 2½-story, $1 million wood-frame home on Walton Street just off Jones Road shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13. It was well-involved when firefighters arrived, requiring a defensive operation. A huge column of smoke could be seen from nearby Route 4. No injuries were reported. Firefighters faced water pressure issues as they continued to battle the blaze at noontime. Mutual aid at the scene and in coverage included firefighters from Bergenfield, Bo…
HERO: Firefighter Seriously Injured Rescuing Guest Through Window In Elmwood Park Motel Blaze HERO: Firefighter Seriously Injured Rescuing Guest Through Window In Elmwood Park Motel Blaze
Hero: Firefighter Seriously Injured Rescuing Guest Through Window In Elmwood Park Motel Blaze 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: An Elmwood Park firefighter was seriously injured rescuing a trapped guest through a second-floor window during an intense motel-room fire Wednesday. The firefighter and her colleagues had smashed the window to get to the victim during the late-morning June 12 blaze at the Townhouse Inn and Suites on eastbound Route 46, Elmwood Park Borough Administrator Michael Foligno said. In doing so, she sustained a serious cut to her arm, Foligno said. Piero Fasolo The guest was helped out the window and down a ladder, he said. Both were taken to St. Joseph's University Medical Cente…
Pedestrian Airlifted, Driver Charged In Park Ridge DWI Crash Pedestrian Airlifted, Driver Charged In Park Ridge DWI Crash
Pedestrian Airlifted, Driver Charged In Park Ridge DWI Crash A pedestrian was airlifted to the hospital and the driver who hit her outside a Park Ridge hotel arrested on DWI assault-by-auto charges, responders at the scene said. The 30-year-old New York woman was taken to the trauma unit at Hackensack University Medical Center after she was struck by a 2021 Ram pickup truck headed west on Brae Boulevard outside the Marriott Park Ridge shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, June 8, they said. Responders established the landing zone for the Tri-Boro Volunteer Ambulance Corps at nearby West Ridge Elementary School. The victim remained in serious condition at…
UPDATE: Teens Crawl From Fiery Rollover Crash On PIP UPDATE: Teens Crawl From Fiery Rollover Crash On PIP
Update: Teens Crawl From Fiery Rollover Crash On PIP Two teenagers crawled from their overturned vehicle as it burst into flames on the Palisades Interstate Parkway, responders said. One of them was taken to the hospital with minor injuries by the Closter Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Corps following the northbound crash between Exits 1 & 2 shortly before 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6. A driver who was in the northbound lane estimated that the vehicle was going at least 80 miles an hour. "I heard a loud screech!" another wrote. "Looked in mirror and the car was standing up/down, then flipped!" Melissa Brown of North Bergen said her son wa…
Mysterious Report Of Distressed Aircraft Brings Major Police Response To Barnegat Mysterious Report Of Distressed Aircraft Brings Major Police Response To Barnegat
Mysterious Report Of Distressed Aircraft Brings Major Police Response To Barnegat Reports of a small plane crash along the Jersey Shore Tuesday, May 7 turned out to be nothing at all, police said. Barnegat police received an "unconfirmed report" of a small aircraft crash on Tuesday, May 7, the department said in a Facebook post at 3:53 p.m., bringing multiple agencies to the scene. Just more than two hours later, police said "no evidence of an aircraft in distress was found." Stafford Police dispatch had gotten a report from Joint Base McGuire indicating the reception of a single Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal in the area of western Barnegat, police clarifie…
Man Dies In Jersey City High-Rise Fire: Authorities Man Dies In Jersey City High-Rise Fire: Authorities
Man Dies In Jersey City High-Rise Fire: Authorities A 61-year-old man was killed in a fire in Jersey City on the early morning of Thursday, May 2 authorities said. At 4:51 a.m., firefighters responded to 270 Marvin Blvd. and found smoke on the 12th floor of the 21-story residential building, Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, a spokeswoman for the mayor's office said. Firefighters pulled Ramon Abello from the apartment where the fire originated, Wallace-Scalcione said. Abello was transferred to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 6:45 a.m. Firefighters contained the fire to the one apartment with no exposure to other units, W…
21-Year-Old Jumper Rescued From River Beneath NJ Bridge, Police Say 21-Year-Old Jumper Rescued From River Beneath NJ Bridge, Police Say
21-Year-Old Jumper Rescued From River Beneath NJ Bridge, Police Say Edison police rescued a 21-year-old man who jumped off the Morris Goodkind Bridge, authorities said. The call came in shortly before 6:30 a.m. Monday, April 15 along Route 1 near the Raritan River Boat Club, Edison Deputy Chief Robert Dudash said. Police found an unoccupied car on the bridge and a man in the water, Dudash said. Two officers swam out to rescue the man, he said. The man was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital where he was recovering fine, Dudash said. The two officers suffered mild hypothermia and were taken to JFK Hospital for treatment. Additional officers helped t…
UPDATE: Popular Garfield Restaurant Ravaged By Overnight Fire (w/PHOTOS) UPDATE: Popular Garfield Restaurant Ravaged By Overnight Fire (w/PHOTOS)
Update: Popular Garfield Restaurant Ravaged By Overnight Fire (w/Photos) A firefighter was taken to a local hospital and two civilians were tended to at the scene of an overnight blaze that destroyed a popular Garfield restaurant and severely damaged the apartments above it. A passerby alerted authorities to the fire that broke on the first floor of DP's Pub and Seafood Grill on River Drive shortly after 2:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, responders said. Firefighters found flames engulfing the bar and spreading quickly through the upper floors. Police Capt. Mario Pozo said two second-floor tenants were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene after responding Garfie…
UPDATE: No Charges For Troubled Driver Who Claimed Child Was In Burning Car, Fair Lawn PD Says UPDATE: No Charges For Troubled Driver Who Claimed Child Was In Burning Car, Fair Lawn PD Says
Update: No Charges For Troubled Driver Who Claimed Child Was In Burning Car, Fair Lawn PD Says An emotionally disturbed woman who told Fair Lawn police that a child was inside her burning car won't be criminally charged, authorities said. Officers were looking for an erratically-driven Dodge Neon when they spotted it speeding down a resident's driveway into a heavily wooded area off Saddle River Road around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1.  The sedan got stuck on a large mulch pile, after which the driver began redlining the engine in a futile attempt to free it, a witness said."It sounded like someone was running a wood chipper," the witness said. The hot exhaust system ignit…
HEROES: Firefighters Free Trapped Driver After Tractor-Trailer, Pickup Collide On Route 17 HEROES: Firefighters Free Trapped Driver After Tractor-Trailer, Pickup Collide On Route 17
Heroes: Firefighters Free Trapped Driver After Tractor-Trailer, Pickup Collide On Route 17 Firefighters extricated a heavily trapped driver after a tractor-trailer and pickup truck collided on Route 17. Hasbrouck Heights firefighters were assisted by their Wood-Ridge colleagues in freeing the female pickup driver following the crash behind the Bendix Diner shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17. The driver was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. Nick’s Towing removed the vehicles. Northbound Route 17 was temporarily closed at Franklin Avenue during the operation. Mutual aid was provided by, among others, firefighters from Carlstadt, Lodi, Rutherford and Wallingto…
Tesla Rear-Ends Box Truck On NJ Turnpike: State Police Tesla Rear-Ends Box Truck On NJ Turnpike: State Police
NJ Turnpike Crash A box truck crash on the New Jersey Turnpike held up traffic Tuesday afternoon, March 11. An Isuzu box truck parked on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes was rear-ended by a Tesla passenger vehicle, also heading north, which had lost control around 1:15 p.m., New Jersey State Police Trooper Troy McNair said. It happened at milepost 109.7 in Kearny Township. Minor injuries were reported and both drivers were taken to an area hospital. The crash remains under investigation and there is no additional information available.
High Winds Knock Tree Onto Car In Upper Saddle River, Trap Female Driver From NYS High Winds Knock Tree Onto Car In Upper Saddle River, Trap Female Driver From NYS
High Winds Knock Tree Onto Car In Upper Saddle River, Trap Female Driver From NYS A 45-year-old driver from New York escaped serious injury when Monday's high winds knocked a tree onto her sedan near the state line in Upper Saddle River. Firefighters from Upper Saddle River and Mahwah freed the alert trapped motorist from the 2023 Toyota Corolla following the 2:10 p.m. March 11 crash on Weiss Road at Maple Road, Police Capt. Edward Kane said. They not only had to deal with the tree but also live power lines that had fallen around it, the captain said. Members of Hatzoloh EMS who assisted took Hackensack Medical Center with what were believed to be minor injuries, he s…
Body Found, Another Possible Following Fierce Multi-Family Home Fire In Ridgefield Body Found, Another Possible Following Fierce Multi-Family Home Fire In Ridgefield
Body Found, Another Possible Following Fierce Multi-Family Home Fire In Ridgefield 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A former bed and breakfast in Ridgefield had been leveled by fire when responders found the remains of a man wrapped around a support beam. “He must’ve been alive and trying to hold on when the floor above him collapsed,” said a firefighter who was at the predawn blaze at the former Toddle Inn on Broad Avenue on Wednesday, March 6. Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella identified the victim on Friday as 42-year-old Xavier Contreras. An Ecuadoran national, the homeless Contreras sometimes joined the groups of day laborers waiting for passing contractors in nearby Palisades Park, jus…
Major Effort By Firefighters, Emergency Responders Follows Partial Hawthorne Building Collapse Major Effort By Firefighters, Emergency Responders Follows Partial Hawthorne Building Collapse
Major Effort By Firefighters, Emergency Responders Follows Partial Hawthorne Building Collapse Firefighters spent half a day in the cold and rain stabilizing a Hawthorne apartment building where a floor partially collapsed over the weekend. The rear wall and portions of the first floor collapsed into the basement of Building E at the Hawthorne Garden Apartments on Rock Road around 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, borough Fire Chief Joseph Speranza said. Firefighters and police immediately began evacuating the building and securing the utilities, the chief said. Nine residents and six pets remain temporarily displaced while borough officials determine the next steps. Overall, more than three…
HEROES: Hackensack Responders Rescue Dog Sitter Being Mauled While Protecting Child (UPDATE) HEROES: Hackensack Responders Rescue Dog Sitter Being Mauled While Protecting Child (UPDATE)
Heroes: Hackensack Responders Rescue Dog Sitter Being Mauled While Protecting Child (Update) A dog sitter who was being mauled while she tried to protect a small child was rescued by Hackensack's emergency responders, authorities said. Screams for help brought Officers Ryan Conlon and Denisse Caero to the Hudson Street home shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, said Capt. Michael Antista, the officer in charge of the department. An American pit bull terrier had mauled two other dogs at the residence and had bitten the 40-year-old victim severely on both arms as she tried to intervene while holding tight to the youngster, responders said. "There was a lot of blood," one of …
HEROES: Trapped Victim Rescued, Rushed To HUMC After Collapse At East Rutherford Site HEROES: Trapped Victim Rescued, Rushed To HUMC After Collapse At East Rutherford Site
Heroes: Trapped Victim Rescued, Rushed To Humc After Collapse At East Rutherford Site UPDATE: Firefighters rescued a trapped worker after a foundation wall collapsed at an East Rutherford construction site on Saturday. The wall gave way at a renovation project for a new restaurant on the Union Avenue site of the former Railroad Cafe -- pinning the worker from the waist down -- around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Members of Hackensack Fire Department Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Rescue along with colleagues from several UASI departments worked together to free the trapped worker. Police in neighboring towns up the line closed intersections on northbound Route 17 as an ambula…
With Ridgewood Still Mourning Sudden Death Of Teen, Newborn Is Delivered By Village Responders With Ridgewood Still Mourning Sudden Death Of Teen, Newborn Is Delivered By Village Responders
With Ridgewood Still Mourning Sudden Death Of Teen, Newborn Is Delivered By Village Responders A little over a week after responding to the heartbreaking death of an 18-year-old Ridgewood man, village responders helped deliver a blessing. It began with a 911 call received by Public Safety Telecommunicator Stephany Estrada at 10:35 a.m. Oct. 12: A 38-year-old Upper Boulevard resident was in labor, the woman's husband told her. It was his wife's third pregnancy and the contractions were already close together, he warned. Estrada had village police, firefighters and EMS at the home in under five minutes. Using 911 emergency guide cards, she assisted the woman's husband until they got t…
Victim Airlifted After Being Knocked Unconscious By Ladder At Northvale Eatery Victim Airlifted After Being Knocked Unconscious By Ladder At Northvale Eatery
Victim Airlifted After Being Knocked Unconscious By Ladder At Northvale Eatery An employee at a restaurant in Northvale was airlifted to the hospital after being knocked unconscious by a falling ladder, authorities said. The 31-year-old Northvale resident was breathing but unresponsive when he was flown to the trauma unit at Hackensack University Medical Center following the 11:38 a.m. accident, Police Chief Howard J. Ostrow said. Responders said the victim was struck at The Greek Village restaurant on Livingston Avenue. What he was doing at the time wasn't immediately clear. The restaurant was closed at the time. Northvale EMS and firefighters along with local param…
NEVER ENDS: Firefighters Extricate Driver After Yet Another Truck Crashes On Route 287 NEVER ENDS: Firefighters Extricate Driver After Yet Another Truck Crashes On Route 287
Never Ends: Firefighters Extricate Driver After Yet Another Truck Crashes On Route 287 Mahwah firefighters rescued a trucker who was pinned late Monday afternoon in yet another crash on a treacherous stretch of Route 287 near the New York State border. The dump truck carrying a load of gravel plowed through a metal guardrail on the rain-soaked northbound highway's center median between Campgaw Road and Darlington Avenue shortly before 3:30 p.m. on 9/11, responders said. The rig tipped over and landed with its cab in the southbound lanes, trapping the driver -- who was alert but had a gash on his forehead. Firefighters worked for nearly an hour to free him from the wreckage…
Bergen Couple Seriously Burned By Tiki Torch Filled With Rubbing Alcohol, Airlifted To Barnabas Bergen Couple Seriously Burned By Tiki Torch Filled With Rubbing Alcohol, Airlifted To Barnabas
Bergen Couple Seriously Burned By Tiki Torch Filled With Rubbing Alcohol, Airlifted To Barnabas A couple lounging at a River Vale home were airlifted to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston late Sunday after they were burned seriously by a tiki torch that caught fire, authorities said. River Vale police rendered medical aid to the 54-year-old woman and 52-year-old man after receiving the call from Collignon Way at 10:44 p.m. Aug. 13, Lt. Josh Wisse said. The man told police that he used rubbing alcohol to light the torches and not the standard torch fluid, the lieutenant said. A Hackensack University Medical Center Advanced Life Support unit rendered aid before Old Tappan …
Saddle Brook Firefighters Limit Damage From Kitchen Blaze Saddle Brook Firefighters Limit Damage From Kitchen Blaze
Saddle Brook Firefighters Limit Damage From Kitchen Blaze Saddle Brook firefighters quickly doused a kitchen blaze on Monday, limiting the damage. The two-alarm fire broke out in the rear of the Congress Street home off Rochelle Parkway near westbound Route 80 shortly before 8 a.m. July 31. Firefighters forced their way in and got water on the flames while searching and ventilating the home. The fire was knocked down and under control in minutes. The Saddle Brook Fire Department urged all citizens to use smoke detectors and to be sure to dial 911 immediately to report any emergencies.
Occupant In SUV Crash Off Route 46 Gravely Injured, Responders Say Occupant In SUV Crash Off Route 46 Gravely Injured, Responders Say
Occupant In SUV Crash Off Route 46 Gravely Injured, Responders Say Responders feared the worst for an occupant of an SUV that struck a townhouse Saturday morning in Lodi. The man went into cardiac arrest after the Honda Sante Fe crashed on Harrison Avenue, just off eastbound Route 46 near the Garfield border, shortly after 10:30 a.m. July 8. He was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. A female occupant apparently wasn't injured. Police and firefighters from Lodi and Garfield were joined by ALS and BLS units and the Bergen County Prosecutor's Fatal Accident Investigations unit. CHECK BACK FOR MORE DETAILS CRASH SCENE: Harrison Avenue off R…
Four Dead In Fiery North Jersey Crash Four Dead In Fiery North Jersey Crash
Four Dead In Fiery North Jersey Crash Police have identified a father and his two children as three of the four people who died in a Sussex County crash Friday, May 26. Click here for details, or read on for the original news report. A 2021 Jeep Rubicon heading west crossed over the double yellow lines, striking a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup head-on around 4 p.m., on Newton-Sparta Road east of Limecrest Road, in Andover Township near the Sparta line, local police said. The Ford Ranger pickup erupted in flames with three occupants entrapped. First responders used fire extinguishers and attempted life-saving measures but t…