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NJ State Park Police Officer Brody Wentzell receives Officer of the Month Award for saving 6 people at D&R Canal in Hunterdon County

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – The New Jersey State Park Police has announced that Officer Brody Wentzell is the recipient of its Officer of the Month Award for June 2021.

On Sunday, June 27, Officer Wentzel was flagged down while at Bulls Island and told that there was an emergency at the lock. Officer Wentzel observed four adults and two juveniles on tubes in the canal being sucked into the lock tunnels, police said.

He sprang into action, was able to find three electrical extension cords at the maintenance yard, tied them together and was able to toss the cords into the canal, pull the tubers out of the water and save all six of the tubers from drowning, police said.

Stockton Fire, EMS, and Delaware Township police responded to the scene. One of the juveniles was treated by EMS for stinging nettle which he touched while coming up the embankment exiting the canal, police said.

“Officer Wentzell’s quick thinking and heroic actions undoubtedly saved lives. Congratulations Officer Wentzell!,” police 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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