EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — Eyewitness News has received a dramatic video showing the dangerous conditions during last week’s flash flooding in New Jersey. The video is from the body camera of Ewing police officer, Justin Quinlan.
Quinlan made his way through raging floodwaters to help a woman. She was forced to abandon her car that was surrounded by water.
“Being that the water was coming so fast out of the woods itself I didn’t want like a loose branch, stick, log, anything that could kind of sweep our legs out. I did think that I might’ve been able to make it back across with her, but I didn’t want to take the chance. It just wasn’t worth it at that point. We were in a good spot,” Quinlan said.
“I just kept reassuring her that we were gonna be OK now that I’m here. ‘I promise you I will not let you go. I will not let anything bad happen to you.’ Thankfully, I come from a family of first responders — my sister is a police officer, my dad is a retired rescue firefighter. It was in my blood to just make sure that I was there to help her out and not let go of her and that’s what we did,” he said.
Below, are pictures of how Quinlan was able to save her.
Quinlan waited with the woman on a guard rail for more than 20 minutes until they could be rescued by firefighters.