UPDATED, Dec 17:
Middletown Patrolman Nicholas Manochio was first on the scene at a fire at 54 Friendship Court in Shadow Lake Village on Saturday evening. Upon arriving at the fire which was reported at 7:20 p.m., Ptl. Manchio learned that there was an 87 year old woman in the burning home, according to Detective Lt. Paul Bailey, Public Information Officer of the Middletown Township Police Department.
Manchio entered the home and successfully rescued the woman who was then transported to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, along with a 91 year old male resident of the home. Both residents were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Fire were units from Belford Independent Fire Company, Middletown #1 Fire Company, River Plaza Fire Company, Lincroft Fire Company, Middletown Twp. Fire Department Air Unit, and the Middletown Twp. Fire Marshall’s Office responded to and extinguished the fire.
First Aid units responding included Lincroft First Aid, Fairview First Aid, and Middletown First Aid.
Manchio, who joined the force in 2016, is establishing a heroic track record. In January of 2017, he and Cpl. Ryan Riffert delivered a baby in a car parked at the Comfort Inn on Rt 35 in the Township.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to the fire is asked to contact Detective First Class Albert Scott at (732) 615-2120.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the elderly couple who have been identified as George and Gladys Bowen.