Freehold Township Police Rescue Silvermead Resident

A door-to-door notification resulted in the rescue of an injured Silvermead resident.

An injured Silvermead resident was rescued over the weekend because of an above and beyond effort made by the Freehold Township Police Department.

Lt. Robert Brightman, acting chief of the Freehold Township Police Department, explained that township police have been closely watching all residential communities ever since Hurricane Sandy hit last Monday. One of the more closely watched communities in town has been Silvermead, an over-55 community.

When Sandy hit, Freehold Township set up two reception areas for residents who were seeking shelter from the storm. One reception area was in Silvermead.

“There was a large concern for those residents in the Silvermead community,” Brightman said. “A large number of residents there have electric heat and that caused much concern for those in the 55-plus community, especially those with medical conditions and other needs.”

In the days following Sandy, Freehold Township police increased patrols to all areas of the town. Brightman reported that on Saturday, township police went door-to-door in Silvermead. While conducting the post-Sandy notifications under Sgt. Scott Keenan, Police Officer Joseph Winowski and Police Officer William Ketelaar heard a woman calling out for help.

According to Brightman, the woman had fallen and broken her leg. She had been on the floor for two days and was cold and hungry. Police forced an entry into the woman's home and called First Aid who transported the woman to CentraState Medical Center. When found, the woman was conscious but unaware of her surroundings. She was treated for her broken leg and is now stable. 

“We believe that these efforts may have saved the life of a resident,” said Brightman. He continued by stating, “Freehold Township Police will continue to increase patrols of residences and businesses until the community has been re-powered.”

Jean Andreacci November 05, 2012 at 03:59 PM
good job, officers! The first responders have been fantastic during this storm. We all owe them a big dinner of celebration.
DSmith November 05, 2012 at 08:01 PM
So proud of our FTPD. Good job once again.
Audrey Davis November 06, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Awesome job guys you are truly the best. You have been working so hard to keep us all safe putting our needs before your own. I for one appreciate all of you on a day to day basis but after this horrific disaster I can't express enough how appreciated and loved you are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart I am fortunate enough to know all of you and worked at some time with many of you I love you all. Wonderful job to all and a special shout out to sgt Keenan and officers bill Ketelaar and joe winowski for saving this woman's life stay safe out there
Claudine Scozzari November 06, 2012 at 12:36 PM
This isn't an "Above and Beyond Effort". This is the JOB of the Department of Public Safety under the AG's Office during a State of Emergency. Does this community want uniformed government workers standing around while the streets are not being patrolled, and the over 55 crowd isn't being monitored. There is a time and a place for the need for public safety. And, loss of power in the over the 55 crowd after a major power outage is the time and place for the AG's departments to take action.
Mary bolo November 06, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Thank goodness there are a few who use their brain. Glad this one worked out. Bless the one's that THOUGHT!


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