Eugene Berger, 78, has been identified as the Point Beach man police pulled from his burning home early Wednesday morning, according to a police report released by the Ocean County Prosecutor's office.
According to Al Della Fave, the spokesman for the prosecutor's office, the official police narrative is as follows:
"On Wednesday, at approximately 4:16am, a structure fire was reported at 108 Washington Avenue
in Point Pleasant Beach.
Patrolman Kyle Boturla arrived on location
and reported a heavily involved structure fire with flames showing from
the first and second floor at the front of the structure.
then proceeded to the rear of the structure, forced the rear door open,
and entered the burning structure. Once inside, Ptl Borturla found
the owner and sole occupant Eugene Berger (78 years of age) unconscious
on the first floor.
Upon locating Mr. Berger, Ptl. Borturla dragged
him to safety at the rear of the house where Patrolman Chris Mosca then
assisted him in rendering first aid. Mr. Berger was transported to
Brick hospital for treatment of second degree burns to his hands and smoke