The Times, November 23, 2006

By Andrew Kitchenman, Staff Writer


TRENTON – The Hopewell Township police officer who recently rescued a 17-year-old boy from the flooded Stony Brook, as well as the family who donated the rope to rescue him, were honored by the Mercer County freeholder board at its meeting Tuesday.

During a proclamation ceremony held at the beginning of the meeting, Patrolman Christopher Kascik was recognized for rescuing the teen, and William, Donna and Eric Green of Upper Makefield, Pa., were recognized for their contribution.

On Nov. 8, Kascik used a rope donated by the Greens to pull the boy from the rain-swollen brook.  The Greens donated a rescue rope to each of the townships police department’s 12 cars after Eric Green was pulled from the icy water of the Delaware and Raritan Canal last December by a passer-by who had a rope in his car.

Kascik said that the cycle of events over the past year “came full circle” with the rescue. “Through their own potential tragedy, they saw a need and fulfilled it, Kascik said.”

While ropes cost $40 a piece, William Green said the price was insignificant. “They’re not real expensive when you think about what you can do with them,” he said.

Freeholder Elizabeth Muoio said it was important to recognize Kascik’s selflessness and the Green’s contribution. “I think people should pay attention when a story like this comes their way,” Muolo said.

Hopewell Township Police Chief George Meyer said Kascik demonstrated “sharp” decision-making in rescuing the teen.  “I’m very proud of Chris,” he said.