This heroic action by two Barnegat police officers was caught on the dashboard camera in one of their cruisers on Monday night. Officers Lauren Keilitz and Michael Diblasi responded to the report that a man was trapped inside his burning vehicle Monday night around 8 p.m.
Upon arriving at the scene they saw that the car was parked in the driveway and it was fully encased in flames. Both officers quickly approached the vehicle and, as can be heard in the vehicle, began communicating with the man inside telling him to get out of the vehicle. The driver’s side door was stuck and could not be opened so Officer Diblasi ran to get a window punch.
Officer Keilitz was then able to pull the man from his car. The man was identified as Mario Dischiavi according to reports by ABC. The reports from neighbors indicate that Dischiavi was in his car listening to music when the fire began.
He was brought to a local hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation and was released. According to the ABC report it is believed that Dischiavi may have passed out as a result of a medical condition though the police did not release further information regarding his health.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the car fire.
Here at our New Jersey car accident attorney office, we are pleased to see such acts of heroism. These two officers showed great courage and as a result they saved a man’s life. It is always heartwarming to hear of cases like this and we applaud Officers Keilitz and Diblasi for their heroism.