First responders support WO firefighter on his recovery journey

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Capt. Will Holder of the West Orange Fire Department, who was injured July 30 in an accident on I-280 in West Orange, was released Aug. 19 from University Hospital in Newark. He was transported by a WOFD ambulance to JFK Rehabilitation Institute in Edison, where he will continue with rehab for an undisclosed period of time.

Dozens of fellow first responders from Newark and West Orange, including two NJ State troopers, came in a show of support, offering a thunderous round of applause as Holder exited the hospital. They lined the way on both sides as Holder was led past them and loaded into a WOFD ambulance for transport. 

Holder himself clapped in acknowledgement and gave a salute to the crowd before being led away by a caravan of emergency vehicles. The caravan escorted the WOFD ambulance carrying Holder down the Garden State Parkway to the rehabilitation institute. Edison police and firefighters were on hand to applaud Holder’s arrival in a similar show of support as he was unloaded from the WOFD ambulance and wheeled into the facility.

Photos Courtesy of West Orange