On October 29, 2014, at 5:45am the Riverside Township Police were dispatched to a residence on Filmore Street for a report of a structure fire. Riverside Patrolman Amaya Urtasun and Patrolman Timothy Marano immediately responded and were the first to arrive on the scene. Upon arrival they observed the upper level of the residence to be fully engulfed in flames and two residents standing on the second story roof attempting to escape the fire. Ptl Urtasun and Ptl. Marano acted quickly, locating a ladder from a neighboring residence. Without regard for their own safety, the officers approached the house, placing the ladder against it to access the trapped residents. With fire and smoke billowing from the residence, both officers worked together to climb up and assist both of the residents in coming down off the roof to safety. Because of these officer’s actions, the lives of these two victims were saved and no serious injuries occurred.
Ptl. Urtasun and Ptl. Marano demonstrated initiative and dedication to duty in the face of imminent danger. As a result, the Riverside Township Committee will recognize their actions with a special presentation. This will take place at the monthly township meeting in the Riverside Municipal Courtroom on November 24, 2014 at 7pm.
All are welcome to attend the presentation.