ROSELAND, NJ — Daniel Keenan, a Roseland resident and West Orange Firefighter, recently was named winner of the 200 Club Valor Award.
On July 30, 2019, West Orange’s Police and Fire Departments responded to a report of a vehicle crash with injuries on I-280. Police arrived to find the driver of one of the vehicles unresponsive while Keenan and others on the Fire Department found an unresponsive man on the shoulder as well as additional people with injuries from another accident.
While the police and fire Department were tending to the accident scene, a food truck attempted to pass between a police car blocking the middle lane and the crash scene. The food truck was stopped by police and fire personnel but a chain reaction, multi-car collision then occurred involving a dump truck, police cars, the fire trucks and other drivers on the highway. One of the fire engines was struck in the chain reaction, and first responders inside the rescue truck rendering aid to the unresponsive patient were propelled around and struck cabinets and each other before coming to rest.
Additional help was sent to the accident scene due to the growing severity of the accident as the dump truck began leaking fuel and flames were visible from the truck.
Keenan rushed to the rescue truck to help as there were now both injured first responders and car accident victims on the scene. All injured first responders and civilians were transported to area hospitals and received further treatment.
"The borough would like to join the 200 Club of Essex County to recognize all of the first responders that day, but especially Roseland’s own, Daniel Keenan, for their heroic life-saving efforts under the dangerous and chaotic conditions that unfolded at the scene," Roseland Mayor James Spango said in a post on the Roseland Borough website.