A New Jersey police officer who saved two residents in a house fire was praised for his bravery.
The first responder arrived on the scene at around 3:30 a.m. after fire alarms from a two-story house on the 100 block of Green Street in Englewood.
The officer, John McConnell, didn’t hesitate after hearing cries for help. McConnell was not able to open the front door, so he threw a cinder block through the window to open the door, ABC 7 reported.
When the officer and firefighter Brian Comitto entered the home, they found the first floor engulfed in flames.
McConnell then entered the smoke-filled home, located two of the residents and escorted them to safety. One resident was still on the second floor when the fire broke out and had scrambled on top of the roof for safety.
Brian Comitto from the Englewood Fire Department used a portable ladder to retrieve the resident who was stuck on the roof and brought him to safety. The fire crew then quickly put out the flames.
According to the fire chief, the three residents (two females and one male) were transported to the hospital with “varying injuries” but were later released.
McConnell was also transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, which were not disclosed and are not believed to be life-threatening.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but is thought to be accidental.
“The fire department would like to commend the heroic actions of Firefighter Brian Comitto and Officer John McConnell, who rescued three occupants from the fire,” Enersen said in a statement.