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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  Top Cops  >  Freehold Borough Officers React Quickly, Save Lives

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Thursday, December 13
, 2012  10:50 a.m.

Every once in a while you get one of those great days, a day that doesn't seem like work.

November 28th was exactly that day for five officers from Freehold Borough: Mark Garahan, Shaun Hobbs, John Reiff, Jay Slatas, and Nick Iozzi.

On this date, they were assigned to attend a tactical handgun course at the Somerset County Police Academy Range, more than an hour away from their headquarters in the Monmouth County seat.

Range days are usually great days, and this one was no exception. The right mixture of personalities - especially with cops - made the car ride up a back-and-forth of murderous insults, brutal comebacks and a whole lot of laughing.

The class was outstanding which just topped off the day.

In late afternoon they set out for home and the unavoidable battle against the Route 287 traffic.

At about 4:30 p.m. they were driving when Officer Slatas noticed smoke coming from a house. Initially, they weren't sure what it was, but they spun around to make sure everything was okay.

As they got closer, it became apparent what they were facing: a working structure fire in a home.

In what must have been a bizarre moment, they looked at each other and realized that they didn't even know where they were. Cars kept driving by and it appeared that they were the only ones who noticed what was happening.

But they set into motion.

Mark Garahan immediately began running to an intersection in order to get the street names and call for assistance. It turned out that they were on River Road in Piscataway.

The other four ran right for the house. The front door was locked, so Iozzi kicked in the first of the two doors he would be kicking in this day.

They eventually located a man in his bedroom who had no idea the house was on fire.

According to the News Transcript:

The man told the officers there was another man in the basement and a woman in an apartment on the other side of the house. The officers located the man in the basement and moved him to safety.  “One door in [the] apartment was closed and hot to the touch,” Roberts said. “After locating the fire, the officers made sure no one else was in the apartment."

The officers eventually went to the back of the house and found the woman, who was described as being incoherent. She was also brought out to safety.

Piscataway emergency services showed up quickly and extinguished the fire.

Also from the News Transcript:

Piscataway Police Chief Rick Ivone said Sgt. Warren Morrison, Detective Dan Nee and Police Officer Jay Merrill responded to the 911 call. He said arson is the suspected cause of the fire, which remains under investigation.

After clearing the scene, the foolery most likely began again for the ride home. But now, they would have a great story to tell.  They would later jokingly get the nickname, Delta Force 7. honors Freehold Borough Officers:

Ptl. Mark Garahan
Ptl. Shaun Hobbs
Det. John Reiff
Ptl. Jay Slatas
Ptl. Nick Iozzi








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