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First Responders Thanked for Aiding Man Who Died After Race Collapse

Funeral arrangements made for 76-year-old runner Patrick Brady of Woolwich.

The Cranford-based Central Jersey Road Runners Club thanked the Westfield Police Department and the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad for their "quick response" in coming to the aid of , who collapsed and died at the annual New Year's Day Hangover 5K held in Tamaques Park.

"We would like to thank the members of the Westfield Police Department who were at the race site for the entire event and the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad for their quick response to this most tragic situation," the club posted on its website. "We also want to thank the countless number of volunteers and bystanders whose names we will never know who also took steps right away to assist our friend Pat."

Brady, a longstanding member of the CJRRC, was born in Jersey City and lived in Colonia for 24 years before moving to Woolwich four years ago.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Bertha (nee Azevedo) Brady, his son Kevin Brady and his wife Christi of Logan Twp, four granddaughtersalso and his siblings Peter Brady of New Milford, NJ, Genevieve McCawley of Bogota, NJ, Thomas Brady of Murrells Inlet SC, and Bernadette Lynch of Whitehouse, NJ. 

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the Gosselin Funeral Home, 660 New Dover Road, Edison, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Helen RC Church, Colonia. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association can be made in Brady's memory.

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