Fair Haven to Honor Olympian Connor Jaeger With a Motorcade Friday Night
Hometown hero to ride through Fair Haven, Rumson
Fair Haven’s hometown Olympic hero, Connor Jaeger, is home.
And those at home who cheered him on from the 1.7-square-mile sleepy peninsula suburb that he came home to Monday night from London will now get a chance to give him one more collective “Hoorah!” on Friday.
“The plan is to ride him through Fair Haven and Rumson on a fire truck in an emergency vehicle motorcade early Friday evening,” Mayor Ben Lucarelli said. "It will start at 5:45 p.m. at the corner of Harrison Avenue and River Road. It will travel east to Ridge Road. It will then turn right onto Forest Avenue, left onto Black Point Road, right onto Bingham and back to River Road, where it will travel west on River back to the Fair Haven firehouse."
The fire, EMS and police vehicles from Rumson and Fair Haven will participate. The mayor stressed civilian vehicles are not permitted to join the motorcade. Police will travel at the rear of the line-up to enforce the stipulation.
The mayor added that while the 21-year-old Olympic swimmer, who made the cut to the finals in the 1,500-meter freestyle, is extremely grateful for the hometown support, he prefers to forego speeches and ceremony.
Known as a very modest young man, dad Eric Jaeger has said that his son is one who shies away from being the center of any sort of hoopla.
Connor came away from the 2012 Summer Olympics without a medal, but was one of the youngest competitors, ranking sixth in the world in his category.
After the finals race, the marquee at the Fair Haven firehouse read, “Connor Jaeger, 6th in the World, 1st in Fair Haven!”
“Everyone here was just so amazing,” Eric, who is a borough councilman, said after Monday night’s meeting. “We really appreciated all the support. We could feel it and hear the screams all the way in London.”