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County of Hunterdon

Jason Read, 2004 Olympics - Gold Medalist, 8 Man Rowing Team

WHEREAS, in 1992, Jason Read made two decisions which changed the course of his life and the lives of many others; and

WHEREAS, one decision involved a personal commitment to work tirelessly to master the sport of rowing and, through the years, the art of being part of a team which resulted in Jason Read being a four-time National Rowing Team member, winning a 2001 United States National Championship and being named the 2001 Rowing Man of the Year, winning the 2003 World Championship Silver Medal, the 2004 Lucerne World Cup Gold, and qualifying for the 2004 Summer Olympics; and

WHEREAS, Jason Read went to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece where his team set a record for the fastest time in history in the 2000 meter course during the preliminary event (5 minutes; 19.85 seconds) and, as part of the United States Men’s Eight Rowing Team, brought home the Gold Medal in this event for the first time in 40 years; and

WHEREAS, the second decision Jason Read made in 1992 was a personal commitment to serve his community in the field of Emergency Services which resulted in active involvement in the Amwell Valley Rescue Squad, receiving Community Service awards from the Hun School for his work as a volunteer firefighter and Emergency Management Technician and becoming the Chief of Operations for the Amwell Valley Rescue Squad since 1999; and

WHEREAS, Jason Read was one of the first emergency responders at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, aiding New York City emergency and police rescue efforts to find and help survivors, and witnessed the most horrendous act of terrorism against this nation; and

WHEREAS, Jason Read was awarded the Arête Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award for Sport for his response at Ground Zero following the World Trade Center attacks on September 11; and, appropriately, the word “arête” comes from the ancient Greek word describing the best and most honorable traits within a person’s moral fiber;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Hunterdon speak on behalf of the citizens of the County that we are equally proud of Jason Read’s accomplishments: in the sport of rowing, in representing the United States on the 2004 Olympic Team, and in his continued contribution and dedication in the provision of emergency services in this County and our nation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes Jason Read much success in all his future endeavors.