Princeton EMT Michael Kenwood, 39, died early Sunday following injuries he sustained in a water rescue early Saturday, police chief Robert Buchanan has confirmed.
Kenwood was one of two members of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad who tried to get to a flooded car on Rosedale Road in Princeton early Sunday, only to get swept up in the Hurricane Irene flood waters, according to police.
It was later discovered that the car the rescuers were attempting to reach was empty.
Kenwood was admitted the Intensive Care Unit at Princeton Hospital before he died.
Attempts to contact the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad have been unsuccessful, but Kingston Fire Chief Lloyd Mathis and the the South Brunswick first responders all expressed their condolences for the loss of Kenwood and admiration for his heroic actions.
"We were really saddened by his loss, Mike was our IT consultant and he had indelible links to our organization," Mathis said. "But we're so proud of his dedication and sacrifice as an EMT."
Kenwood, a resident of East Windsor, owned Kenwood Technical Consulting in East Windsor.
Kenwood's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m at the Robert Schoem Menorah Chapel in East Paramus.