Howell Police Chief Recognizes Officer Who Pulled Man from Fiery Crash

HOWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ – Howell Township Police Chief Andrew Kudrick today recognized the heroic efforts of Police Officer Nicholas Volpe.  On Saturday, November 21, 2020, while on routine patrol on Manassa Road, Officer Volpe came upon a single-vehicle crash with the vehicle on fire.

Volpe quickly approached and noticed the driver was trapped inside the burning vehicle. The door was crushed closed. Officer Volpe determined the driver was conscious and instructed him to climb out the window. However, the interior damage prevented him from doing so. Officer Volpe reached in and grabbed the driver under his arms and pulled him through the window. He quickly assisted the driver back to the patrol vehicle. The vehicle was quickly consumed in flames shortly thereafter.
The 62yo Howell resident sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment. He admitted to using his cellphone and became distracted. Officer Volpe was not injured.
“This incident once again highlights the bravery of police officers every day across this Country. The quick and decisive actions of Officer Volpe undoubtedly saved this man’s life. He is a prime example of a true hero. I certainly proud of him,” Chief Kudrick said.