ROSELAND, NJ — Roseland Police Officer Tracy Nicholson, Police Chief Richard McDonough and residents Charles “CJ” Winkler and Danny Winkler were honored by the mayor and council on Tuesday for rescuing a woman and her two infant children from a vehicle that had run off road and into a pond during the winter storms on March 7.

On behalf of the chief, who was absent from the meeting, Police Captain Richard Costello read the chief’s thanks to the mayor and council for the acknowledgement. The chief said that the department responded to 53 calls during the March 7 storm and that he is extremely proud of the actions of his officer and the two civilians. Without the Winkler brothers’ assistance, McDonough said the incident could have had a much different outcome.

When a dangerous nor’easter hit Northern New Jersey and covered the Borough of Roseland with nearly 20 inches of snow, Nicholson was out on patrol when he was notified by the Winkler brothers that a motor vehicle accident had occurred on Prudential Drive and that the vehicle had run off the road and into the pond, Mayor John Duthie explained.  

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Upon arrival, McDonough and Nicholson saw the vehicle submerged in the pond and witnessed a woman trapped in the vehicle along with her two five-week-old infants. The four men entered the pond and assisted with removing the woman from the vehicle. The two infants were carefully removed from the vehicle and placed in Nicholson’s patrol car until the First Aid Squad arrived and took the family to Saint Barnabas Medical Center for evaluation.

“Chief McDonough, Officer Nicholson, CJ Winkler and Danny Winkler deserve our sincere thanks, recognition and praise for their quick response and excellent judgment,” said Duthie as he presented the four men with a proclamation acknowledging and thanking them for their bravery and life-saving efforts.

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