Police officials in Newark are reporting that members of the Newark Fire Division rescued a 26-year old man from the Passaic River on Monday evening.
According to a statement released by Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, the incident occurred at approximately 6:53 p.m. where firefighters responded to the Jackson Street Bridge on a call of a man in the water and in distress.
Director Ambrose said firefighters deployed the Zodiac boat from Ladder 8 and a firefighter entered the water attached to a tether line and a boat manned by a second firefighter.
The firefighters reached the victim and lifted him to the safety of the boat. EMS transported the man to University Hospital for evaluation Director Ambrose said in the statement.
“I commend the quick-thinking and swift actions of the firefighters involved in this rescue,” Director Ambrose said. “I am grateful that this incident resulted in a successful rescue for the victim, his family, and the firefighters.”
Michael Moran was a captain in the Newark Fire Department and lived at 66 Eastern Parkway with his wife, Ann, and six children. Moran, a 15-year veteran in the fire department, would help out with chores at a charity mission, the Little Sisters of the Poor, on Central Avenue in his off-duty time.
Around 10:00 P.M. Saturday, July 15th, Michael Moran was at Fire House Eleven on Central Avenue when .30 caliber bullets struck the side of the building. Believing that they were under attack from snipers, the firemen inside hit the lights and dropped to the floor.
This gunfire, however, came from a National Guard checkpoint at Central Avenue and 9thStreet, where guardsmen were shooting at a car driven by Howard Edwards. On his way from Staten Island to visit a co-worker in Newark, Edwards and his brother were startled by Guardsmen and ran through a blockade. As guardsmen along the avenue responded by firing at the car, shots hit the firehouse and a stray bullet hit a sprinkler pipe inside a factory at 500 Central Avenue. This triggered the factory’s alarm system, which had a direct link to Fire House Eleven down the block.
Minutes later, Michael Moran and his fire company responded to the alarm coming from the factory across Central Avenue from Fire House Eleven. Moran stood at ground level of the building, about a block from the National Guard blockade at South 9th Street, as his men rolled out the hose and raised a 30-foot ladder to the upper floors of the factory.
Newark Fire Director John P. Caufield was outside the building with Moran as firemen hoisted up the ladder. “I stood on one side of the ladder and Capt. Moran on the other…then, the sniper opened fire. We couldn’t see where the bullets were coming from but we knew from the sound that it was automatic weapon fire.”
“I heard Capt. Moran say ‘I’m hit,” Caufield continued. “He slumped down behind the truck. One of the guardsmen was hit, too.”
Moran was hit in the left side by a bullet that had ricocheted off the building wall.Moran was rushed to Presbyterian Hospital by Battalion Chief David Kinnear, but succumbed to his injuries on the way there.