ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury teen who came to the aid of an unconscious motorist he encountered while driving to school in May was honored Tuesday by township officials and the state Legislature.
Christopher Caccavella, 17 at the time of the incident, was recognized by the Roxbury Mayor and Council for his “heroic effort on May 8.” State Assemblyman Anthony Bucco also presented Caccavella with a certificate from the state Legislature.
According to the township and reports, Caccavella, of Ledgewood, was headed to Morris County Technical School when he came across a car stopped in the road. The car’s driver was slumped over the steering wheel.
Caccavella pulled over and called for help. Before police arrived, several other motorists also stopped including one who had a golf club that Caccavella used to break a window in the unconscious driver’s car.
Caccavella and the others removed the young motorist and began administering CPR, a life-saving technique that was continued when police and emergency medical technicians arrived, eventually reviving the driver.
“Your willingness to help a stranger and jump into action saved the man’s life,” says the “Certificate of Commendation” presented by the township to Caccavella.
“It’s a very proud moment for our town,” said Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo.
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Bucco told the audience, which included Caccavella’s parents, that he knew Caccavella even before the young man’s act of heroism.
“I had the privilege of giving Christopher a citation when he received his Arrow of Light with the Boy Scouts,” Bucco said. “I can tell you that that was a special day for me to see those young men graduating in Scouting and achieving the Arrow of Light.”
Bucco, who also serves as Roxbury township counsel, noted Caccavella is a former Boy Scout. “What you see here today is a product of what Scouting develops,” he said.
Citing the Scout motto about being prepared, Bucco said, “Christopher you obviously paid attention. When the situation developed, you didn’t just drive by. You jumped into action. And as a result of those actions, a person’s life was saved.”
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