UNION, NJ – A Union resident and the world’s oldest skydiver was presented with a Mayor’s Award at the Township Committee meeting on Tuesday night.

“We would like to congratulate Kenny Meyer for entering the Guinness Book of World Records for skydiving, after completing a skydive over 14,000 feet on July 27, celebrating his 102nd birthday,” said Township of Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas.

Meyer’s jump was coordinated by Skydive Sussex in Sussex, NJ.  Meyer was under the care of a professional who kept him calm and guided him through the skydive.  He was cheered on by his family and friends.  Meyer said he checked with his cardiologist before the jump.  “My doctor said, ‘go for it’”.

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Bryson William Verdun Hayes, of Devon, England, previously held the world record.  In deciding to complete the jump, Meyer said he was “determined to break the record in honor of the U.S.A.”

“We recognize Kenny Meyer for his patriotism and fearlessness and congratulate him on his outstanding achievement and wish him success in all his future endeavors,” said Cavadas. 

“Four months before my jump, my son and grandson were going to do it,” said Meyer.  “For some reason they didn’t get around to it and then four months later my son said, ‘a fellow from Britain was 101 years old and broke the record.’  I said he’s not going to have it for long.”

In response to Mayor Cavadas question about how he felt when he was pushed out of the plane, Meyer said, “you’re shocked.  You’re up in the clouds three miles.  Then you’re two miles up, then one, then 500 feet.  The guide said, ‘look down, there’s all your friends.’ 

“The first thing I said when I landed was ‘I’m alive’”, said Meyer.  “This has brought so much to my life.  It’s been unbelievable.”