Runner Who Collapsed at Hangover 5K Passes Away

Patrick Brady was a longstanding member of the Central Jersey Road Runners Club.

The runner who collapsed at the New Year's Day Hangover 5K held in Tamaques Park has passed away, according to the Cranford-based Central Jersey Road Runners Club, the race's sponsor.

Patrick Brady, 76, was transported to the hospital Tuesday after eyewitnesses said cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was performed during the 31st annual run. Race organizers said several members of CJRRC are doctors who were on the scene right away and added that "all of our RRCA coaches are First Aid and CPR certified."

A message on the CJRRC's website stated the following:

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own longstanding CJRRC members Patrick Brady at the Hangover 5k. We will post information about the arrangements as soon as they are provided by his family."

Elizabeth Alterman (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Hi David, thank you for sharing that. I'm sorry for your loss. Many readers reached out to me to express their concern and sorrow in hearing of his death.
Time for FD to take over Rescue Squad January 02, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Mr. Edles, what say you? Never short on answers when looking to promote the efforts of you and your volunteers.
Keith January 02, 2013 at 05:47 PM
You must be a flat out idiot....another political opportunist looking to capitalize on the misery of others. Why not make your agenda stand on it's own merits without trying to hijack this event without regard for the families or the fine work done by our outstanding Rescue Squad to make another losing Union argument. Your methods are at the least despicable.
Time for FD to take over Rescue Squad January 02, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Hey Keith, truth hurts doesn't it? It's a shame that it took the death of this man to bring to light the possible deficiencies of a volunteer rescue squad.
Anonymous Runner January 02, 2013 at 08:03 PM
I was a runner in this race and happen to be a volunteer EMT in another town. When the man when down, over a half dozen bystanders sprung into action and began CPR. The PD and EMS were on scene within minutes. While I do not know the issues you are referencing, a volunteer squad by the nature of being volunteer is not deficient. I know a lot of "paid" ambulance departments and fire departments that are both competent and not; your status of whether or not one earns a paycheck is not germaine to your argument. This was a tragedy, plain and simple and it was heartening to see so many bystanders help out a fellow runner in extremis.
Time for FD to take over Rescue Squad January 02, 2013 at 08:13 PM
From the time the man went down to the time the rescue squad arrived was minutes? You need to check the batteries in your watch
Time for FD to take over Rescue Squad January 02, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Find out if the rescue squad had to page out for a crew to respond or if one was in the building. If it was a service handled by the FD (paid) the crew could have responded quicker than paging out for volunteers.
llbxy January 02, 2013 at 08:28 PM
The runner is correct. I was part of a group participating in the run. We all passed the scene at different times, but since it was a timed race we know about how far apart we were. We estimate that the police were there in less than 5 minutes and the rescue squad in less than 10, despite the fact that the roads were clogged with runners, runners' & coordinators' parked cars, and diverted traffic. My sympathies to the family.
Keith January 02, 2013 at 08:28 PM
There were no deficiencies.......and you remain a shameless Union hack.
Keith January 02, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Actually if the Fireman's Union allowed all the men to be at one station, or for us to incorporate volunteers with the paid force, that would allow for proper response to the fires. Once again it's the Union bosses at fault, not the men.
E Liz January 02, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Aren't there usually ambulances standing by at organized events like this? I don't think it would have mattered anyway - it sounds like this poor guy had a very fast and massive attack. May he rest in peace.
H.Y. January 02, 2013 at 08:57 PM
From the time he collapsed to the time the rescue squad arrived it was well over 10 minutes. Not good for a service that touts a 3 minute response time.
Squad Member January 02, 2013 at 09:10 PM
The Rescue Squad did not have to page out for a crew to respond this call. From when the call came in to when there was a WVRS ambulance on scene was only a matter of a few minutes, an exact length of time I don't have however. For a response from our building, located right next to the traffic circle on South Avenue, to the location, I would be very surprised if it took longer than 4-5 minutes from when the call came in to when the ambulance got on scene. The WFD, from my personal experience, when they are dispatched to standby on ALS (Advanced Life Support) EMS calls, are often quite slow to respond and get on scene. Therefore, I highly disagree with your statement that the FD would have responded faster. Lastly, there is almost always an ambulance on standby at events like these. The WVRS appears on standby at these locations when we are requested. It is truly a shame that the event organizers did not call for an ambulance on standby at this particular event, and it happened to be the one event where an incident did occur. I commend every efforts of those on scene who rushed to Patrick's aid after he collapsed and initiated CPR and rescue breathing. I am deeply sorry for his families loss, and wish the turnout could have been different.
Squad Member January 02, 2013 at 09:27 PM
You need to take into consideration that the Rescue Squad was not dispatched by the police department at the exact moment he collapsed. Any delay would have been caused by the dispatchers, which the Rescue Squad has no control over. From the moment the squad is dispatched to when they got on scene was, and I source this to I was listening to the police radio at the time of the incident and I talked to the driver of the ambulance that responded from our building, it was about 4 to 5 minutes from dispatch to on scene. I don't recall ever touting a 3 minute response time for every call, though it is easily achievable for a majority of locations within Westfield.
James January 02, 2013 at 09:35 PM
The event organizers did indeed request the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad to be on standby through their Contact Us page on their website weeks in advance of the event as they do every year. There is no contact number on their website to call except for 911 so the request was done through their contact box on their Contact Us web page.
James January 02, 2013 at 09:43 PM
And the WVRS was at the site within just a few minutes and they did a wonderful job.
Squad Member January 02, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Well, I'm not sure then. I don't know what changed for this specific race from every other event that resulted in, as far as I'm aware, no one at the squad receiving the notice. A quick Google search turned up the Rescue Squad's telephone number, (908-233-2500). I question if the event organizers got a response from the Rescue Squad, because if they didn't, they should have sought an alternative method to contact them. If they did get a response, well then that's a whole different story but I don't see any evidence suggesting such. In terms of the website, I'm actually not even sure about who runs it or who has access to it. I don't believe any of the officers at the time had access to it at all (The Squad had new officers go into effect on January 1st, which is why Reid Edles is no longer permitted to comment on these matters and it seems that Susan Lagano, our new president, is out of town at this time.) so I wonder if the Contact Us page works at all. If it doesn't that's something that should be changed...
H.Y. January 02, 2013 at 10:08 PM
It wasn't within minutes. Within minutes of what?
Squad Member January 02, 2013 at 10:10 PM
They were there within minutes of when the police department dispatched them. Any delay before that would be due to caller delay, dispatcher delay, something similar, or a combination of those.
H.Y. January 02, 2013 at 10:34 PM
How about the delay of getting a crew together that had to be called in to respond?
Squad Member January 02, 2013 at 10:35 PM
There was a crew in the building when the call came in, there was no delay due to that.
Concerned Runner January 02, 2013 at 11:25 PM
I'm glad it wasn't me lying on this ground. I was in the race, between the time he collapsed and when the Ambulance showed up, if was a minimum of 12-15 minutes. No matter what the reason, if was too long. The Westfield PD was on site, at the Lamberts Mill entrance to the park and it took them over 5 minutes to get there, they were 1/4 from where he went down.
faith January 03, 2013 at 12:18 AM
my prayers go out to patricks family
Jeff B January 03, 2013 at 03:21 PM
"Time for FD to take over Rescue Squad", your comments at this time are not appreciated by friends of the family of Patrick Brady, of which I am one. Anyone without an agenda interested in the arrangements may Google the Gosselin Funeral Home in Edison, NJ to find them out.
Elizabeth Alterman (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Time for FD to take over Rescue Squad, out of respect for Mr. Brady we ask that you choose a different forum for this discussion. If you'd like to submit a letter to the editor, you can do so by sending it to liz.alterman@patch.com. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Brady are contained within this article: http://patch.com/A-0MrB Thank you.
Concerned Runner January 03, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Rest in Peace, Mr Brady
EB January 04, 2013 at 12:32 PM
My daughter and I saw the police performing cpr on Mr. Brady and knew immediately this wasn't good. We broke off and said a prayer for that poor man and his family. I suppose I'm just grateful he was surrounded by friends and doing something he loved. God bless.
AJR January 04, 2013 at 02:48 PM
I can vouch from personal experience that the Westfield Volunteer Emergency squad has been outstanding and the last thing i want to see is the FD tale them over. After all, this is the same FD that let two iconic restaurants and a private residence burn down in the last year and a half.
Vote No January 04, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Well said Ms Alterman.
Keith January 04, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Well done Liz


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