Resident Praised for Hackensack River Rescue
Quick action by Teaneck man credited with saving woman.
The Teaneck man who dove into the Hackensack River to rescue an 82-year-old woman from her sinking car was honored for his heroics Tuesday by the town council.
John Goez, 40, was working at Spotless Auto Laundries in Hackensack when he saw the woman's car plunge into the river after going through the wash. Goez and a customer, River Edge resident Jay Orsino, jumped into action and pulled the woman to safety.
"When the car went into the river I thought about my mother…and I told myself how can she get out of there," Goez said.
Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen presented Goez with a certificate of recognition from the council.
"From everyone in Teaneck, I can't tell you how proud we are to have you as one of our fellow residents," the deputy mayor told Goez.
Goez and Orsino managed to pull Moore out of the car through a window minutes before it became almost fully submerged.
The woman, identified as River Edge resident Elizabeth Moore, was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries after the accident, Hackensack authorities said.
Hackensack firefighters launched a boat to search for others in the car and used a heavy-duty tow truck to hoist the vehicle to shore.