Borough officials took a moment last night at the beginning of the borough council meeting to remember Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad member Michael Kenwood and give thanks for all the emergency personnel who serve the community.
“We are deeply indebted to our emergency personnel,” Borough Council President Kevin Wilkes said. “It is with great sacrifice that they work for us. We deeply appreciate the things they do.”
Wilkes asked everyone to be silent for a few minutes to pause and reflect not only on Kenwood’s service, but also all the work of all the other fire, police and emergency services personnel who support the community.
“There will be many times this coming week to reflect on the nature of their work,” Wilkes said, referring to the 10th anniversary commemorations of Sept. 11. “In -Princeton Borough we are deeply aware of the costs.”
Kenwood, 39, died as a result of injuries sustained while attempting a rescue as Hurricane Irene pounded Princeton with heavy rain and strong winds in the early morning hours of Sept. 29 on Rosedale Road in the Stony Brook area near the Johnson Park School. He was one of two Mercer County residents to die as a result of Hurricane Irene.
Kenwood lived in East Windsor, where he ran a computer consulting business. His wife Elizabeth Frenkel is a psychologist at the University Medical Center at Princeton.
“We want to express our heartfelt sympathy to his family and the rescue squad,” Wilkes said.