Lyndhurst Police and Fire departments save woman in distress in Passaic River

Approximate location of the incident. Graphic by Paul Haggerty

At approximately 7:33 p.m., Thursday, June 27, police received a 911 call about woman in distress in the Passaic River between Lyndhurst and Nutley. First responding officers from the Lyndhurst Police Department arrived and quickly deployed a rescue rope and a life jacket to the victim, who was in knee deep water.

The woman, a 26-year-old Essex County resident, was in crisis, and was removed by a ground ladder deployed by firefighters. The victim was subsequently transported for further care and psychological evaluation by EMS to a nearby hospital.

“This incident was another example of outstanding and exemplary teamwork between our fire and police department,” Paul Haggerty, of both the Lyndhurst Police and Fire departments, said.

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