WANAQUE BOROUGH, NJ (Passaic County) – Troopers from the New Jersey State Police Aviation and T.E.A.M.S Units last month assisted with the rescue of a woman who was injured while hiking in a remote area in Norvin Green State Forest in Wanaque Borough, Passaic County, state police said.
On Friday, Nov. 27, at around 1:30 p.m., the NJSP Aviation Unit was contacted by the Wanaque Police Department to assist with the rescue of a woman who sustained a leg injury while hiking in the state forest. The woman was in an area of the park that was steep and slippery making a ground rescue nearly impossible, state police said.
Trooper I Rodrigo Coelho of the T.E.A.M.S. Unit responded on the ground to assist with the rescue. Trooper I Coelho and members of the Wanaque Police Department prepared the victim for helicopter transport, state police said.
As Sergeant First Class Daniel Nelson and Trooper I Evan Curtiss steadied the helicopter, hoist operator Sergeant Jason Jorgensen lowered a basket down to Trooper I Coelho while Trooper I Roy Rohel assisted in the helicopter. The victim was then transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. where she was treated for her injuries, state police said.
“The team worked quickly to secure the victim and ensure she got the necessary medical treatment. This was a great team effort demonstrated by our units and the outstanding officers of the Wanaque Police Department,” state police said.