BY TOM HAYDON AND CHANDRA M. HAYSLETT
An Old Bridge volunteer rescue worker was struck by a car and killed last
night when he stopped to help at the scene of a minor accident on Route 9 in the
township, police said.
James Dodridge, 52, a member of the Old Bridge First Aid and Rescue Squad,
was struck shortly before 7 p.m. near Ferry Road, according to Lt. Chester
Popek. A woman involved in the three-car accident suffered a heart attack and also
died, police said.
Dodridge was on his way to the rescue squad building in response to the
accident when he parked his car in the grassy median of the highway, the lieutenant
said. Dodridge was struck as he attempted to cross the northbound lanes on
foot to reach the accident.
"It's a great loss," said Mayor Jim Phillips, who was attending a meeting in
town hall last night. "We can only send our condolences to his mother and
brother. We'll fly the flag at half-staff in recognition to his contributions to
the people of Old Bridge."
The initial accident occurred just after 6:30 p.m. as traffic stopped for a
red light at Route 9 and Iverness Drive, a short distance north of Ferry Road,
the lieutenant said. As the northbound traffic stopped, three cars at the end
of the line collided.
Dodridge and the woman who suffered a heart attack were taken to the Raritan
Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, where they were both pronounced dead.
The name of the woman, a 53-year-old township resident, was not released by
The death of their colleague had rescue squad members reeling last night.
"He was a brother in EMS and he's going to be deeply missed," said Don Viens,
the squad's EMS training officer. "We'll all miss him deeply. He was a very
good EMT (emergency medical technician). He was struck down in the line of
duty, which nobody likes to see."
At the squad headquarters on Marlboro Road, five workers were putting up
black bunting in honor of their fallen colleague.
"He loved his community," said one squad member, who declined to give his
name. "His life revolved around the daily operation of the squad. He was loved by
"He put his own safety at risk," added another squad member. "This is very
sad. Our squad is in mourning."
A volunteer since 1994, Dodridge began with another rescue squad but moved to
the Old Bridge First Aid and Rescue Squad, also known as the township's Red &
White Squad. He had served as a crew chief, line officer and chaplain with
The squad will also lower its flags to half-staff to honor him.
Dodridge was employed as an inventory-control specialist by Elephant Wireless
in Edison, according to Carol Steinach, president of the rescue squad.
He was single and resided in Glenwood Apartments in Old Bridge, members said.
He is survived by a mother in Maryland and a brother, Michael, in Ohio, squad
According to its Web site, the all-volunteer rescue squad was formed in 1949
and today serves 20,000 people living in a 15-square-mile area of South Old
Bridge. The squad has 57 members.
It operates three Basic Life Support ambulances out of its Marlboro Road
headquarters. In 2002, the squad had more than 750 rescue calls.
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03-16-2004, 08:51 PM #1
Nj Emt LoddAndrew
03-16-2004, 10:18 PM #2
Rest in Peace friend, you shall not be forgotten.Firefighter, Volunteering since Oct 2001
CCFA 05-04, best overall class for 2005
03-16-2004, 10:47 PM #3
Rest in Peace Friend.Rob
Engine Co 3
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03-17-2004, 07:08 AM #4
Old Bridge is next door to my town, so I am familiar with the intersection. It's 3 lanes in each direction, with speeds exceeding 65mph on the roads. Such a tragedy that something like this has occurred.
Rest in peace brother, you will not be forgotten
East Brunswick Rescue Squad
East Brunswick Independent Fire Company
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