NJ policeman saves family member from house fire

It looks like we’ve been reporting more and more house fires lately and maybe the “why” question is a topic for a day to come. Having said that, one of the things we have seen this summer is that often the police are the first on the scene.

This happened in Marlboro on August 1 when thick smoke was reported coming out of the attic of a local house. The family in the house met the responding officers outside the residence when they realized that a member of the house was still inside as the smoke rose.

Imagine the feeling of shipwreck and the fear that would seize you upon realizing that you were a person short of flight? Enter the hero cops on the scene.

Without hesitation, Marlboro cops Donna Gonzalez and Ryan Anzalone rushed into the house and escorted the remaining household member to safety.

This is yet another example of the decisions local cops have to make on a regular basis. Run towards the flames. Running towards the shots. Run into danger to save the lives of innocent people they’ve never met.

As I have said for many, many years, being a member of the police force is more than a job, more than a career, it is a vocation to public service.

We should be thankful every day that there are members of our community who have the courage and strength to stand up and serve. Remember there is a thin line between civilization and savagery – and that line is blue.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Spadea. All opinions expressed are those of Bill. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. speaking Jersey, taking calls at 1-800-283-1015.

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