Dramatic Rescue In Garfield, NJ; Firefighters Trapped In River After Their Fire Boat Goes Over The Passaic River Falls

June 28, 2023

GARFIELD, NJ (BERGEN)–Around 2:30 p.m. police reported a person was in the water in the 800 Block of River Drive in the area of the Passaic River Falls and requested fire department and rescue teams to the scene. It was reported that the person in the water was closer to Clifton and Clifton Fire Department responded. Around 3:00 p.m. it was reported that the Garfield fire boat went over the falls, Elmwood Fire Department put their boat in the water, additional boats and a dive team were requested to respond. The original victim was removed but two firefighters that went over the falls in their marine unit needed to be rescued. Around 3:45 p.m. the New Jersey State Police was requested to send their helicopter for a rescue. By 4:00 p.m. two firefighters were plucked from their partly submerged boat below the falls.

MidJersey.news has reached out to NJ State Police for additional information.

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