N.J. rescue squad member dies, donates organs after struck-by incident

Moonachie First Aid & Rescue Squad member Robert Thornton was clearing a crash scene as part of a towing company crew when he was hit


By Leila Merrill

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Robert Thornton, a member of the Moonachie First Aid & Rescue Squad, died Sunday, the Daily Voice reported.

Thornton was seriously injured on Feb. 13. He was clearing a crash scene for Nick’s Towing Service, where he worked, when he was struck by a vehicle. Thornton was placed on life support.

Over the weekend, his organs were harvested for donation following a ceremony that drew first responders and other friends.

A memorial service will be held for Thornton, who “will now save many lives, “ said Moonachie First Aid & Rescue Squad Lt. Chris Yuhasz.

In a Facebook post, Nick's Towing Service called Thornton laid back and friendly.

"Rob was someone who clearly believed in service to his community as evidenced by his choice of career, work as a volunteer EMT with the Moonachie First Aid & Rescue Squad, and even in death as an organ donor."

Thornton was preceded in death by his parents. He had been living with his grandmother.

 

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