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Hawthorne Man Dies After Falling Through Ice At Monksville Reservoir

The man went under about 100 yards from shore at the Monksville Reservoir in Ringwood.
The man went under about 100 yards from shore at the Monksville Reservoir in Ringwood. Photo Credit: News4 New York

UPDATE: A Hawthorne man who fell into the Monksville Reservoir in Ringwood while apparently ice fishing Friday afternoon died a short time later, authorities said.

Robert R. Trojanowski, 54, was taken by ambulance to Chilton Hospital in Pequannock, as were two Ringwood police officers who jumped in to save him.

Trojanowski fell through the icy lake about 100 feet from shore in the Long Pond Ironworks State Park sometime around 2 p.m., responders said.

Two Ringwood police officers went after him before all three were pulled out by colleagues from Ringwood and West Milford, they said.

The incident two days after two teenage boys -- David Tillberg, 15, of Carteret and 13-year-old Yusef Khela of East Brunswick -- died in separate falls through thin ice.

The deaths brought a plea from Gov. Phil Murphy: “Please stay off and away from frozen lakes and ponds," he tweeted. "No ice is safe ice.”

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