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Lakewood, NJ - Tom River Honors Man Who Rescued Jewish Baby In Fatal Minivan Crash

Published on: April 12, 2016 10:01 PM
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Dovid Eisdorfer, with his daughter in the ceremony in her stroller presenting William Copes with a gift.Dovid Eisdorfer, with his daughter in the ceremony in her stroller presenting William Copes with a gift.

Lakewood, NJ - Just one month after the horrific death of an Orthodox Jewish mother from Toms River in a collision, a local man was honored for rescuing her infant daughter from the mangled wreck.

As previously reported on VIN News, Leah Eisdorfer of Toms River was driving on New Hampshire Avenue on March 9th when her vehicle inexplicably crossed the yellow line and plunged down an embankment, killing the 28 year old instantly. 

William Copes, who was driving on the same road, pulled his car over and ran to offer his assistance, rescuing the baby girl who was suspended upside down while strapped in her car seat in the rear row of the Honda Odyssey.

The 51 year old Copes told the Asbury Park Press that with smoke pouring out of the minivan’s engine he was afraid that the car could explode without warning.

Obtaining a knife from another bystander, Copes squeezed through a small opening into the third seat of the Odyssey and freed the little girl from her car seat, moving her to a safer location until help arrived on scene.

The Toms River Police Department and the Township Council presented Copes, who sustained cuts and bruises in the rescue, with the Good Samaritan Award tonight in honor of his heroic actions. 

Also present was the husband of the deceased, Dovid Eisdorfer, who wheeled his daughter in for the ceremony in her stroller, covered with a pink blanket.

Eisdorfer embraced Copes and presented him with a token gift of thanks. He read aloud from a card that he presented to Copes which bore the words, “this is just a token of my appreciation. Words could never describe the gratitude I have for your selflessness.  You risked your life to save another.  The soul of man is G-d’s candle.  Thank you for saving my world; whoever saves a life it is as if he saved an entire world.”
Copes spoke briefly, thanking his wife, his family and the local township and sharing a few thoughts about that fateful day.

“March 9 is definitely going to be with me forever,” said Copes.  “I would just hope that anybody else came to a situation like that they ,would do the same thing to recover another human being.”

(Toms River Police Department)(Toms River Police Department)
The Toms River Police Department and the Township Council present Copes with the Good Samaritan Award in honor of his heroic actions. The Toms River Police Department and the Township Council present Copes with the Good Samaritan Award in honor of his heroic actions.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 10:15 PM Applestein Says:

Mamash a Tzadik

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 02:00 AM Avi Says:

We should also teach our children to have sincere empathy and caring for every Human Being, including Non-Yidden.
Let's start by, never excluding Non-Yidden when we Daven for Refuah Shleimo.

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 09:39 AM Yossy111 Says:

Reply to #1  
Applestein Says:

Mamash a Tzadik

Indeed

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 01:25 PM ActualJew Says:

Reply to #2  
Avi Says:

We should also teach our children to have sincere empathy and caring for every Human Being, including Non-Yidden.
Let's start by, never excluding Non-Yidden when we Daven for Refuah Shleimo.

well said, my friend. I daven for my neighbor with a terrible debilitating illness who is not Jewish. John ben Rose, as we call him.
This story made me tear up. What a great person. Makes me feel better for humanity. HaShem creates great people for this world. Poor woman and poor child. May her family be comforted best as possible.

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