Princeton Man Dies During Hurricane Sandy

Township resident William Sword was working to clear storm debris when a tree fell on him Monday night.


A 61-year-old Princeton man was killed on Monday night after he became trapped under a tree while attempting to clear debris from his property during Hurricane Sandy. 

William Sword, 61, of the 1000 block of Great Road was working in his driveway with a chainsaw when a tree fell on him, according to Princeton Township Police. Members of the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad attempted advanced life support, but Sword was pronounced dead at the scene. 

This was not the first tragedy for William Sword or for PFARS. 

It was approximately 10 years ago when a mentally-unstable man broke into the Sword home and stabbed Sword approximately 15 times, according to police. Despite his injuries, Sword survived. 

Sword was also involved in PFARS.

"It's left a lot of us speechless, because Bill Sword was a member of the Squad's advisory council," PFARS President Peter Simon said. "He offered us advice on squad growth and helped provide us with expertise and knowledge." 

"He was obviously very supportive of the squad and very appreciative of what we do for the community," Simon said. 


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