WEST ORANGE, NJ – A PSE&G employee reading meters in West Orange sprung into action last week to assist an incapacitated resident who had fallen in her garage and was unable to get up for days.
According to West Orange public information officer Joe Fagan, on Monday, June 22, Lawrence Lighten, was reading meters in Llewellyn Park when he heard cries for help. He pinpointed them coming from inside a three-car garage. Lighten was able to open the garage door manually. When he did, he found an elderly woman lying on the floor in severe pain.
Lighten immediately called 911 and advised Supervisor Angelo Solimine of the situation. Solimine subsequently joined him on scene for support.
Police and EMTs quickly determined that the woman had fallen four days prior and was unable to get help. She was taken to Mountainside Hospital for a possible broken hip. When West Orange police secured the home prior to leaving, they found that the stove had been lit the entire time.
“We are grateful for Lawrence Lighten’s keen sense of awareness in coming to the aid of one of our residents," West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi said. "If not for his quick thinking actions, this story might have had a different ending. Both these PSE&G employees should be commended for going above and beyond the call of duty in keeping our community safe."
“He most likely saved this woman’s life," PSE&G Regional Public Affairs Manager Joseph D. McQueen said of Lighten. "This is a perfect example of situational awareness working at its best. He was able to identify a problem and solve it safely. This behavior is something that we hope all PSE&G employees have while conducting company business.
"The moral of the story is, some heroes don’t wear capes, they read meters.”