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3 recognized for saving man who nearly drowned in Lake Hopatcong

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Three heroic Jefferson Township residents were recognized by Police Chief Paul Castimore and Mayor Eric Wilsusen at the Jan. 17 township council meeting for helping save the life of a 45-year-old Jefferson Township man who appeared to have drowned while swimming at CAPP Beach on Lake Hopatcong in Jefferson Township.

Over the Labor Day weekend 2023, Anthony Becker observed a man go underwater and not reappear. Anthony alerted the CAPP Beach lifeguard on duty, Sarah Franke.

Sarah raced into the water to begin a search and found the man 7 to 8 feet under the water. Aiden Morris and Becker then jumped in action to assist with the rescue, and the 45-year-old victim was brought to shore and was administered CPR.

Paramedics and members of the Jefferson Rescue Squad arrived, and the victim was transported to the hospital and made a full recovery.

For their heroic actions, Aiden Morris, Anthony Becker, and Sarah Franke were awarded the Jefferson Township Police Department’s Civilian Service award.

“This was indeed a heroic act by some outstanding individuals! We thank them and are proud of them for all their effort to help save the life of this man on this day,” Castimore and Wilsusen said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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