Sayreville PD

A New Jersey police officer is being praised as a hero after he caughta family of four who jumped out of a second-story window in a burning home Monday.

Patrolman Brian Gay was among the first to arrive at the fire on Jacobsen Street in Sayreville, New Jersey, reported just after 1:30 p.m., according to ABC7.

A young girl who made it out of the home reportedly told Gay that four others were trapped on the second floor, but did have access to a window.

Gay told that he tried to climb up an exterior stairwell, but found the flames too powerful. He tried to find a ladder to reach the four on the second floor, though the trapped victims decided they couldn’t wait any longer.


Two kids — ages 7 and 10 — jumped into the officer’s arms, followed by a 10-month-old baby that was thrown to the officer by its mother. Then, she joined the young children and jumped to safety, according to the website.

No one was hurt in the blaze, though Gay was brought to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

It’s not yet clear what caused the fire.