Passers-by praised for helping to rescue woman who drove into icy Arnold Pond in Hawthorne
Hawthorne police are praising two good Samaritans who helped rescue a woman whose car plunged into an icy pond Sunday.
The driver, identified as Fatuma Karans, of Paterson, lost control of her car on Goffle Road and drove into Arnold Pond in Hawthorne.
A passerby went into the water to help get Karans out, while another stayed on the shoreline to throw a rope.
Rescue crews arrived shortly after and were able to get Karans out of the car by smashing a window.
Hawthorne Police Chief Richard McAuliffe says that rescues are part of the job. But he says that he and his officers were very impressed with the passers-by.
"Their feelings are it's just part of their job. They're really more proud of the civilians," he says. "The people who don't have the experience, the training or the obligation to take risks of their own life to save another life."
Karans was released from the hospital Sunday and is expected to be OK.
Icy weather conditions Sunday made roadways very slick.