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On July 25th this year, twenty-two year old Hinal Patel, of Piscataway, was working her last shift with Spotswood Emergency Services before leaving for medical school.

It was Patel’s last shift at Spotswood. She was leaving her position to continue her education at the Graduate School of Biomedical Science at Rutgers University. Patel was going to become a doctor.

At 8 am. the Emergency Services got news of a crash. Hina jumped into the front passenger seat of the ambulance and they sped away to provide help.

Spotswood ambulance was responding to a crash when it was struck by a Toyota Prius. The ambulance overturned and slid into a Subaru Legacy that was stopped on a side street.

The driver of the ambulance and the Prius suffered non-life threatening injuries. Hina, who was riding in the front passenger seat of the ambulance, died.

As police wrapped up their investigation, a tow truck flipped the ambulance back on its wheels.

Six months later as Christmas draws close, the US town of Spotswood in New Jersey has announced that they have set up a scholarship fund to honour the memory of the Indian-origin emergency medical technician, who died in the line of duty in July this year.

The scholarship will keep Hina’s memory alive and it will be awarded annually to a deserving senior at Spotswood High School every spring on awards night.

A family’s popular holiday light display, which has raised funds for various causes over the years, The Kloos Family Lights, announced that they will dedicate this year’s donations in memory of the fallen Spotswood emergency medical technician.

Vandana Kumar

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 35-year track record in the industry. She leads the India Currents Foundation as President and CEO. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine...