A dramatic rescue unfolded at the height of the storm and flooding Wednesday night after a Hopewell police officer was swept away by flood waters while assisting a stranded motorist.

Two officers attempting to rescue the officer were also stranded by the rising water and needed rescue.

The problem? No cell service, no radio as the officers were out of their vehicle.

The quick-thinking cops fired their service weapons in the air, catching the attention of first responders and eventually being spotted by a drone.

It was still a few hours before rescuers could reach the stranded cops, according to New Jersey State PBA President Pat Colligan, who joined me on the show Thursday morning.

This incident is yet another reminder that cops never know what danger is ahead of them when they report for their shift. Got me thinking that we need a reset when it comes to defining emergencies and danger in New Jersey.

I turned off all the alert apps on my phone because I was sick of alerts for every storm, most of which were harmless. Then when a real emergency hits, it's way too easy to ignore because everything that isn't real gets hyped up so much.

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Spadea. Any opinions expressed are Bill's own. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m., talkin’ Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.

New Jersey 101.5 FM logo
Enter your number to get our free mobile app

Hurricane Ida damage in New Orleans & The Gulf Coast

Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall. Relief efforts are now underway for the entire region.

More From New Jersey 101.5 FM