Dear MSV readers:
On Thursday, our City was faced with a disaster that tragically took the life of one of our own residents and injured many more. Our hearts go out to the loved ones and friends of Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, who lost her life far too early. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who suffered injuries, some of them critical, and we wish them a speedy recovery.
Although Hoboken experienced one of its darkest days, I could not have been more proud of our first responders including the Hoboken Police and Fire Departments. Thanks to their timely response to the emergency, HPD and HFD were able to safely remove survivors from the wreckage. Thank you also to the Office of Emergency Management, Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, City staff, CERT volunteers, NJ Transit, Port Authority, CarePoint and all outside agencies who provided mutual aid and for coordinating on the response efforts.
We take comfort in knowing that our community has good Samaritans, many of whom immediately assisted the injured after the crash. It was inspiring to hear of the selfless actions of so many, including fellow commuters who carried a pregnant woman through a train window to safety. Or the story recounted to me by one of the victims in the hospital of how he was cared for by a complete stranger in the terminal who stayed with him and alerted his family members of his condition until he was safely in the ambulance.
Thank you also to all residents and businesses who donated their time, resources and goods to our first responders throughout the day. And while a large amount of additional volunteers were not needed on the scene, it was comforting to hear from countless residents who were ready to help. Our City is strong because of the resilience of our residents, and nowhere was this better demonstrated than during yesterday’s tragedy.