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Village President Aids in Water Rescue

South Orange Village President Alex Torpey credits training and experience

Sunday assisted in a water rescue.  While in the Adirondacks, Torpey helped fellow vacationers headed for a waterfall reach land, and helped evaluate their condition. Torpey credits experience and for knowing how to act quickly and correctly in an emergency.

As Torpey described the scene, he was playing tennis in a park near a river and a waterfall. "We heard people yelling for help," he said, explaining that people ran down the hill towards the water to pull in the distressed swimmers before they reached the waterfall.

The distressed swimmers, then clinging to rocks, were pulled to shore. Torpey helped assess their condition, and prepared them for transport when the volunteer ambulance squad arrived.

Torpey, who notes that the volunteer who arrived on the scene with a rope was both a chef in a nearby restaurant and an EMT, credits his experience with the and his .

"You learn how to ask the right questions," he explained, encouraging fellow residents to take advantage of first aid and opportunities, as well as CERT classes.

The distressed swimmers were taken to a hospital for observation and care, and Torpey returned to South Orange.

Reflecting on his actions, Torpey says, "Anyone can do this, but not everyone thinks to do this. Training is invaluable."

Carolyn Maynard-Parisi (Editor) August 13, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Nice job, Mr. VP. Very glad everyone ended up safe.
Risa Olinsky, M.A. Certified Wellness Coach August 13, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Life skills save lives!!! So agree, everyone should have at least CPR training is not more!
Julie Petrow-Cohen August 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Well done indeed! But please don't run into any burning houses like our Newark mayor :) We want you around for a long time!
Alex Torpey August 15, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Thanks all! Just happy to be able to be part of (and trained by) a group like the Rescue Squad that does this kind of stuff every day for people!
Linda Wilder Bollinger August 19, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I was upset that you missed our wedding until I read this! Seriously...what an amazing story. My Virginia family has a.long history with the rescue squad and the training is priceless. You rock!

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