SPOTSWOOD, NJ - A scholarship fund will be set up to honor the memory of Spotswood Emergency Medical Technician, Hinal Patel. Patel died in the line of duty of July 25 while she was enroute with her partner to assist on a routine call in a neighboring town. The ambulance Patel was riding in was struck by a car when crossing through the intersection of Ryders Lane and Cranbury Road.
The 22-year-old Piscataway native was working her final shift for the Spotswood EMS at the time of her death. Patel was leaving her position in the borough to continue her education at the Graduate School of Biomedical Science at Rutgers/Newark. Patel hoped to one day become a doctor.
The scholarship will keep Patel's memory alive and it will be awarded annually to a deserving senior at Spotswood High School every spring on Awards Night.
Kloos Family Lights is another yearly tradition that uses the holidays to give back. The East Brunswick family decorates their home in a cascade of lights and holiday decorations. Hundreds of area residents visit their home every holiday season. The family uses this time to collect donations for a worthy cause. Last year the family collected more than 13,000 more Monroe hockey player, Mikey Nichols. Nichols was paralyzed while playing in a high school hockey game after he was checked from behind.
This year, the Kloos Family Lights will be accepting donations for Patel's scholarship fund. Donations can be made when visiting the home on 13 Sterling Court in East Brunswick or by visiting the fund's gofundme page. The page was created by Bill Kloos on December 9 and currently has raised $240 for the scholarship fund.