WAYNE, NJ - An injured Red Tail Hawk is on its way to recovery thanks to the actions and compassion of two Passaic County Sheriff’s Officers.

According to Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, PCSO Officers Alaa Matari and Bashkim Seji were patrolling in the area of Hamburg Turnpike and Oldham Road in Wayne on Wednesday when they came upon an injured Red Tail Hawk in the roadway.

Advised by a concerned citizen that the hawk had been struck by a vehicle, the officers placed a towel over the hawk’s head and safely removed it from the roadway, placed it in their patrol unit and contacted the Rapture Trust Injured Rehabilitation Center in Millington for further guidance.

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After the hawk was taken to Passaic County Sheriff’s Headquarters in Wayne a volunteer transported it to the rehabilitation center.

Berdnik concluded that the the hawk’s two injured wings will be mended making a full recovery and will eventually be set free into the wild.


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