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    BY TOM HAYDON AND CHANDRA M. HAYSLETT
    Star-Ledger Staff

    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
    police.

    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
    everyone."

    "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.

    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
    members added.

    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.
    Andrew
    Firefighter/EMT
    New Jersey

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    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

    Dan
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