SPOTSWOOD, NJ - State flags will fly at half mast Friday to honor the service of Spotswood's Emergency Medical Techinician, Hinal Patel, who was killed on July 25 while riding in an ambulance in route to a routine call in nearby East Brunswick.
Governor Chris Christie made the order, saying in a statement that, "EMT Patel's compassion for others and commitment to her community through providing care to those in need makes her a hero and a true role model for all New Jerseyans."
The 22-year-old Piscataway native was in the process of completing her final shift for the Spotswood EMS company when she died. She was leaving in order to pursue graduate studies with the hopes of a future in medicine as a doctor.
Patel was laid to rest on July 27 at a funeral service at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick. On July 28, the community of Spotswood honored Patel's memory and service to the borough with a candlelight vigil that was held at the Municipal Complex. The United States Honor Flag, which honors fallen police, fire, EMS, first responders and members of the armed forces, was flown to Patel's funeral and also flew at half mast during the candlelight vigil.