HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ – State police officer Jason Rawa was on his way home Friday night after working a double shift when he encountered a multiple car crash on Interstate 195 in Hamilton Township, in which several emergency vehicles were already responding. The accident occurred near exit 5 on the 195 heading west around 9.15 p.m. when a couch was on the street and a car pulled out to avoid it.

Although Rawa was not on duty, he pulled his vehicle over to rescue a driver who was trapped in his vehicle. According to PBA Local 105 of the State Policeman’s Benevolent Association (PBA), the 10-year-old veteran correction officer was “hit by an oncoming vehicle at high speed”. A second car hit him after he also turned to avoid the couch, hit the first car and then hit Rawa.

Rawa, 47, is in critical condition due to his injuries and is receiving medical treatment at the Capital Health Medical Center.

Jason and his wife Julia Wood have two children.

“He sacrificed his own safety to protect others and is now in critical condition,” said William Sullivan, president of PBA Local 105, for public support. “He is a true hero and we wish him and everyone involved a speedy recovery.”

By noon Tuesday, $ 21,000 had been raised to support Officer Rawa and his family through a police union-established Go Fund Me page that covers medical expenses for accidental injuries. To donate, visit the Go Fund Me page for Office Rawa.

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