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WPD and Rescue Squad Thanked for 'Quick' Response to Runner's Collapse

Funeral arrangements made for 76-year-old runner Patrick Brady of Woolwich.

The Cranford-based Central Jersey Road Runners Club thanked the Westfield Police Department and Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad for their "quick response" in coming to the aid of , who collapsed and died at the annual New Year's Day Hangover 5K held in Tamaques Park.

"We would like to thank the members of the Westfield Police Department who were at the race site for the entire event and the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad for their quick response to this most tragic situation," the club posted on its website. "We also want to thank the countless number of volunteers and bystanders whose names we will never know who also took steps right away to assist our friend Pat."

Brady, a longstanding member of the CJRRC, was born in Jersey City and lived in Colonia for 24 years before moving to Woolwich four years ago.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Bertha (nee Azevedo) Brady, his son, Kevin Brady, and his wife, Christi, of Logan Twp, four granddaughtersalso and his siblings Peter Brady of New Milford, NJ, Genevieve McCawley of Bogota, NJ, Thomas Brady of Murrells Inlet SC, and Bernadette Lynch of Whitehouse, NJ. 

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the Gosselin Funeral Home, 660 New Dover Road, Edison, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Helen RC Church, Colonia. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association can be made in Brady's memory.

Time for FD to take over Rescue Squad January 03, 2013 at 11:32 AM
While my condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Brady, I wonder why there was no rescue squad present at the event as there typically is at these running events along with police for traffic control. The use of the word "Quick" in the story to describe the response of police could have been replaced with "Quicker" response in reference to the responding Westfield Rescue Squad had they been at the site for the event. Why wasn't the Westfield Rescue Squad at the site for the event?
Blue Light Special January 03, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Maybe the volunteer squad didn't volunteer to be there. Someone surely dropped the ball on tis one.
AJR January 04, 2013 at 02:53 PM
The Fire Dept? They can't even handle a fire a block from the firehouse, let alone take on another duty.

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