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September 2, 2021 - A Message From the Chief Regarding Hurricane Ida

Bridgewater, NJ - Bridgewater Township and many other communities in New Jersey were devastated by the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Wednesday night. Police Officers and First Responders are faced with many challenges and situations during their tour of duty, and last night was no different. Every law enforcement officer and first responder dealt with many incidents last night that challenged their skills, training, and mental strength. I want to take this opportunity to thank each one of my officers and the numerous emergency personnel that responded to Bridgewater last night and put themselves in danger to help the public during many water rescues. Despite all their efforts, we could not locate three people swept away by the rising waters. Two have since been found deceased, and one is still missing. We are continuing our efforts and utilizing every resource available to us to locate the third victim. Both incidents are still under investigation, and we are not releasing any further details.

Since taking over as Chief of Police, the Officers and Supervisors of the Bridgewater Police Department have continued to face every challenge with professionalism. Last night’s events and tragedies have affected all of us. We at Bridgewater Police Department want to extend our condolences and prayers to all the families affected by last night’s storm. Everyone will remain in our thoughts and prayers as we recover from this storm.

Chief Paul Payne



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