Firefighters Honored For Water Rescue

From left to right, Lacey Township Mayor Timothy McDonald, Lanoka Harbor Fire Company President Edward Barker, Forked River Firefighter Edward Barker, Jr., and Police Chief Michael C. DiBella, during the July 11, 2019 Lacey Township meeting. The police department recognized the efforts of both men related to a December 2018 water rescue. (Photo courtesy Lacey Township Police)
From left to right, Lacey Township Mayor Timothy McDonald, Lanoka Harbor Fire Company President Edward Barker, Forked River Firefighter Edward Barker, Jr., and Police Chief Michael C. DiBella, during the July 11, 2019 Lacey Township meeting. The police department recognized the efforts of both men related to a December 2018 water rescue. (Photo courtesy Lacey Township Police)

LACEY – A father and son firefighters were honored at the July 11 Lacey Township Committee meeting for their brave rescue of a driver from frigid waters Dec. 15.

Lanoka Harbor Fire Company President Edward Barker and his son, Forked River firefighter Edward Barker, Jr., were at home when they heard over the emergency radio that a vehicle was submerged at Mill Pond with its driver entrapped.

Father and son raced directly to the scene, where they saw the vehicle submerged about 50 feet from shore. They made their way to the vehicle, where Barker Jr. pulled the driver out the sun roof. Both men got the driver safely back to shore.

“I would like to thank both of these men for their hard work and dedication to the community and their respective fire departments,” Lacey Township Police Chief Michael C. DiBella said.

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The 200 Club of Ocean County also honored them in June with the Valor Award for this rescue.