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Point Beach Man Rescued from Burning Home Identified

Eugene Berger, 78, was pulled from Washington Avenue home by police

Washington Avenue home burning early Wednesday morning. Credit: Courtesy Jerry Meaney
Washington Avenue home burning early Wednesday morning. Credit: Courtesy Jerry Meaney
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.

Ptl. Boturla 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 inhalation."

For more details about the fire and rescue, see the original Patch story posted earlier today.
MrBeach September 18, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Job well done Officers!! Job well done First Aid!! Job well done Firemen!!
Jackie Berger-McCann September 19, 2013 at 05:46 AM
What these two police officers did this morning in the horrific fire that engulfed my fathers home and a place i called my own...was far beyond anything I can even express into words tonight. These two brave heroes saved the life of my father and for that my family, my children, his grandchildren and his friends will forever be blessed for their bravery. They are the truest of heroes, who risked their own lives to save my fathers life. Both of them will forever be in our thoughts, hearts and prayers for what they did without a second thought and on a daily basis. You're OUR heroes forever and always for giving my father a second chance...


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