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