NJ State Police office Jeffrey R. Heimbach was recognized this week by the Carnegie Hero Fund for his efforts in saving Carlos E. Salinas from a car fire in Sept 2008. Salinas, 18, was the driver of a sport utility vehicle that, at night, entered the opposing lanes of traffic on an interstate highway and collided with two oncoming vehicles. According to the Carnegie Fund’s web site, Heimbach and two other men removed a passenger from the back seat of Salinas’s vehicle, and when Heimbach returned to look for others, he found Salinas. Flames by then had erupted in the engine compartment. He took him to safety, flames growing to engulf the vehicle.
The heroism displayed by our police, not just when they are on duty, but when they are off-duty as well is incredible!