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Horse Rescued from Bridge Collapse in Woodland Park

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ - On September 4th, West Paterson Fire Department Engine 3 and Rescue 1 responded to a report of a horse that was trapped on a footbridge at the Garret Mountain Reservation. The horse, named "Hank", fell through a broken wooden board halfway across the span over a creek.

A heavy duty tow truck was requested to the scene and firefighters went to work on rescuing the 2,500 pound horse. A veterinarian responded to the incident and sedated the animal so that he could be moved from the bridge. Camps Towing out of Wayne, NJ was used to perform a heavy lift. Firefighters were able to free the left leg, and then cut away a portion of the planks to lift Hank off the bridge and bring him down safely.

As of 9:45 P.M. later that night, the stable manager said Hank was eating and doing well. Great work by all involved in an unusual rescue.

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TODD HOLLRITTCorrespondent

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