Two PEF members rescue young adults after crash
— Photo By Robert Rosenberger
Story By DEBORAH A. MILES
It was the first Monday in April, just after 10:30 p.m., when Parole Officers Robert Rosenberger and Michael Kenny were driving behind a dark grey sedan. The driver was doing the 55 mph speed limit on a local two-lane road in the town of New Windsor. Then unexpectedly, the car veered off the road between the tree line, headed down a brush-covered slope and crashed into a stream.
“I actually watched the driver get ejected from the windshield,” Rosenberger said. “We pulled over immediately and called 911. PO Kenny called out to the occupants to check for consciousness, provided instruction to prevent further injury while reassuring them that help was on the way.”
Kenny remained at the top of the embankment to direct the fire department and EMS crews to the scene, while Rosenberger made his way to the crashed car in the stream.
He found the driver, a 21-year old man who was ejected, with what appeared to be a broken leg and arm, to be conscious but complaining of pain in his chest, ribs and shoulder. A 20-year old female exited the car without assistance, and appeared to have a broken wrist and multiple lacerations.
The Cornwall Police and Fire Department, and the New Windsor EMS arrived within 10 minutes, and they transported the victims to St. Luke’s Hospital. Rosenberger notified the girl’s father, reassuring him they were both conscious and alert. Both were expected to make a full recovery.
“Our role, as parole officers, is to keep the people in our communities safe. Sometimes, that extends beyond our regular duties of supervising parolees and doing home visits. Officer Kenny and I are also CPR instructors, so we are fully prepared to help others in any way we can.”