Red Bank police officers save mother and children from burning apartment
Fire training is not something police officers regularly go through, if at all but that didn't stop Red Bank Police Officer Shane Dockery and his partner, Officer John Wright, from braving the heat and flames Friday when they came across the Chalet Apartment fire.
The fire department hadn't even arrived but Dockery immediately knew it was a dangerous situation.
"I noticed a guy pointing at a window and said there are some kids in that window," Dockery explains.
The flames began to wrap that apartment. "When I looked up and saw those kids looking out of the glass at me I knew we had to do something," Dockery explains.
He climbed the stairs and broke down the apartment door, three young girls, ages 2 to about 7 were standing in the living room.
"I grabbed two of them, started directing them out the door," Dockery says.
Once the girls were safe he went back into the burning building to save their mother.
"A lot of adrenaline going on during that situation," recalls Dockery. "I realized that I had no control over it, other than getting myself and them out."
The family made it to safety thanks to Dockery's bravery and quick thinking. He hasn't spoken to them since but says they'll always have a connection.
"I hope that everything works out great for them. I hope they're able to get back home soon," Dockery says.