ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Aaron Carr, a 27-year-old lifelong resident of Roselle Park, was critically injured in a surfing accident in Point Pleasant at approximately 6 p.m. on July 4.

Carr got picked up by a wave and hit his head on the ocean floor causing a severe spinal injury that left him unable to move anything except his left arm. Two friends were able to pull him to shore and resuscitate him by pumping his chest until he coughed up the water in his lungs.

“If his friends were not there to pull him out of the water he would not be with us today,” said Matt Carr, Aaron’s older brother.

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Carr is on a ventilator in the ICU at Jersey Shore Medical Center and has just come out of a medically induced coma following spinal surgery. A fundraiser has been organized by the family to help with all current and future medical bills.

Carr graduated from Roselle Park High School in 2011 and currently works as an HVAC service technician for Buist Mechanical, mostly servicing commercial or industrial properties like hospitals and schools.

Aaron began surfing when he was in the 8th grade and then picked up snowboarding and skateboarding. Matt Carr describes his brother as a stand up guy who would give the shirt off of his back to help someone in need. 

“He’s very passionate about snowboarding,” Matt said. “If I was to say out of the two, which one Aaron would prefer the most it would definitely be snowboarding. He loves snowboarding, he loves being up in the mountains.”

Aaron’s siblings, Matt and Jade, have been visiting him every day at the hospital. Their youngest sister, Monica, is currently stuck in Guatemala due to the pandemic but will be returning in early August to be with Aaron. Because of COVID-19 restrictions only one relative is able to visit Carr in the ICU at a time. He is currently only able to communicate by mouthing words.

“We’re hoping for the best, and we’re pumping him full of positivity,” said Matt. “We’re hoping to get him back on his feet. We really need a miracle for this one.”

The community has come together and raised over $60,000 in two days for Carr’s medical bills, about $15,000 shy of the current goal of $85,000. Those wishing to donate to Aaron Carr will find the fundraiser on Facebook.