Firefighters, Police Rescue Missing Berkeley Heights Resident

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Emergency crews rescued an elderly woman on Saturday evening after she had been reported missing.

According to reports, Berkeley Heights police requested assistance from the fire department at 5:30 p.m. to search for the woman who was missing from Orion Road.

Fire Chief Anthony Padovano established a command post to coordinate the search. New Providence and Stirling Fire Departments provided mutual aid. A cover assignment was stationed at fire headquarters to cover the township in the event of another emergency.

Union County Mutual Aid dispatched a ladder truck from Mountanaide and an engine from Summit. Watchung Fire Department also sent an engine for cover per the local agreement that exists between Berkeley Heights and Watchung. The New Providence Police Department and the Union County Sheriff K-9 Unit also assisted.

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After approximately 90 minutes of searching, firefighters found the woman in the woods near Circleview Avenue. According to reports, she had fallen in an area that was thick with rocks and trees, making it difficult to walk.

The woman was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation.

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