Torrential rain early Wednesday morning kept firefighters throughout Ocean County incredibly busy, answering calls ranging from arcing wires to motorists trapped in vehicles.
In the Lanoka Harbor section of Lacey, firefighters from the Lanoka Harbor Volunteer Fire Company rescued a family of five, including two small children and an elderly man, from a flooded home in the 200 block of Predmore Avenue.
Upon arrival to the scene, firefighters determined that an elderly man needed assistance to escape the flood waters and requested an ambulance from Lanoka Harbor EMS and a stokes basket, according to a release from the fire department.
The crew — consisting of Captain D. Inglis, Firefighter/EMT C. Bruno, Firefighter B. Heayn, Firefighter E. Rotondella, Firefighter S. Dickten, Firefigther J. Chanik, Firefighter R. Cacoilo, Firefighter/EMT J. Seyers, Jr. — reached the man and worked with another first responder to place him in the stokes basket, the release said.
Seyers, Bruno, Heayn, and Chanik then carried the man through the water a half block to an ambulance, while Firefighter Jeff Fedak drove a brush truck to the house to rescue the remainder of the occupants.
Chief J. Amrozewicz oversaw the operation.
No injuries were reported.