Citizen Heros

Speaking about the virtues of heroism Arthur Ashe once said “It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”

On January 26th at approximately 4pm Sayreville residents Anthony and Liz Mele were travelling west on Bordentown Avenue near the Washington Riding Stables when without warning the car in front of them was involved in a head on collision.

Narrowly avoiding the accident himself, Mr. Mele pulled over and he and his wife ran to the scene to render aid. The driver of one of the cars was trapped and the vehicle was on fire. Without regard for their personal safety the Mele’s, acting as a team, miraculously extricated the driver from the burning car and dragged him to safety. Defying all expectations, the driver the Mele’s saved was released from the hospital only hours later.

Chief John Zebrowski and the Mayor and Borough Council recognized the heroism of the the Mele’s at the Borough Council meeting on February 13th where they were presented with a certificate and honored by a standing ovation. The members of the Sayreville Police Department as well as the community at large are very grateful for the actions of Mr. and Mrs. Mele.


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