This evening at just before 5:00pm, the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad was dispatched to Round Valley Recreation Area for a reported boater overboard, possibly in need of assistance. Upon arrival of the first due unit, passerby\'s reported a boater who possibly fell overboard. An additional bystander initiated a search of the area, and pointed rescuers to that area. Marine 455-2 deployed and made contact with the witnesses, and began a search.
Command was established and announced an active water search and requested additional units, including: Round Valley Recreation Area Lifeguards, NJ State Parks Police, Somerset County Prosecutors' Dive Team, Franklin-Somerset Fire/Rescue Dive Team, Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit, Northstar Medevac for an aerial search and the NJSP T.E.A.M.S. unit.
Units searched for approximately 2 hours until severe weather moved into the area and suspended the operation. NJSP TEAMS unit will resume operations at a later time. NJ State Parks Police is handling the investigation. We thank all mutual aid partners for their response to this incident.
Responding from CFARS were 18 members, 2 BLS units, 2 boats, Special Services, Heavy Rescue, Rehab and 2 Utility vehicles
UPDATE: On Thursday 7/24, Special Services 455 & Marine 455-2 returned to assist the NJSP TEAMS unit in parts of their search. By mid-afternoon, the NJSP Divers had located and recovered the missing kayaker.
"Behind the Red & Blue's - Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad" A production coming in August 2014 - Courtesy of: Box 18 Productions
On Saturday, July 12th, CFARS, along with the Hampton Fire Company, Hampton Emergency Squad, celebrated the next step in one of our young members life. Later this month, Brody Longo will be entering Boot Camp for the US Army. Brody was honored with a large gathering at the Hampton Borough Park with all three organizations in attendance, but most importantly, with his mother and family. Brody was also honored by the County of Hunterdon Board of Freeholders, Hampton Borough, Glen Gardner Borough, the Town of Clinton, and the Township of Clinton, with proclamations from all.
CFARS would like to thank Mayor Janice Kovach of the Town of Clinton, Mayor Kevin Cimei of the Township of Clinton, Hampton Fire & EMS for including us in this celebration, the countless people who helped make this happen, but most of all, Brody, his mother Sue, and his family and friends who are supportive of his decision to serve our country.
Good Luck, Brody! Go out there and make us proud!