Cinnaminson Cop Saves Woman from Fire

Officer Frank Chiacchio, a 22-year police veteran, pulled the woman to safety from the Barton Court fire on Saturday.

The quiet heroics of a Cinnaminson police officer likely prevented a tragedy on Saturday.

The Barton Court fire seemed like a pretty standard blaze. Crews responded quickly and got the fire under control. The heavy smoke did send a woman to the hospital with smoke inhalation.

But it could have been so much worse, if not for Officer Frank Chiacchio.

Chiacchio rushed into the smoke-filled house and pulled the woman to safety, Lt. Tim Young said. She was disoriented and froze inside rather than leaving the home herself.

“It almost sounded like she was in shock. She had tried to open a door, which fed the fire, and opened another one, which fed the fire more,” Young said. “The house was apparently full of smoke.”

Chiacchio saw the woman wasn’t leaving herself and pulled her to safety. The victim, who was not named, was taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden for smoke inhalation.

Chiacchio’s actions almost went unnoted because the officer himself didn’t talk about it, Young said. Instead, sergeants were discussing the case later Saturday evening and mentioned it.

“That’s typical of him,” Young says of Chiacchio, who has been on the force for 22 years. “He doesn’t walk around bragging, saying, ‘See what I did.’”

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Chris Chiacchio February 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Incredibly proud of my brother!
Ric February 18, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Thank you officer Frank Chiacchio of the Cinnaminson police department for risking your life to save this woman from a firey death.
FbS February 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Way to go officer Chiacchio! We are proud to have you on the force
Ken Miller February 18, 2013 at 02:40 AM
very nice story!! stuff liek this usually is never public. People in town dont realize how brave and how dedicated these officers are. All people ever hear is the bad stuff that is percieved. GREAT ARTICLE!!!
Michele Siconolfi February 18, 2013 at 03:38 AM
Nice work, Frank. Your friends at SJAC are proud.
Amanda Bonser February 18, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Good job Frank! I miss working with you. Take care and be safe.
Chip February 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Job well done, Officer Chiacchio! Thanks for your service to our community.
Rich Dreby February 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Job well done, keep up the good work
John Obuchowski February 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Dolores Szymanski February 18, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I am very proud of my former student. Good job Frank.
George DeMirjian February 18, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Excellent job! Thank God for men like Officer Chiacchio.
Helen Muskett Hughes February 18, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Way to go Frank! You are a hero!
Bull Pitt February 19, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Very well done Officer Chiacchio. Thanks for your service.
Bill O'Connor February 19, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Officer Chiacchio congratulations on a job well done.
John Rooney February 19, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Thank you Officer Chiaccio for a job well done! This story is a typical one for our Police Department. They go above and beyond to assist our community and then do not call attention to themselves for their heroic deeds. Thank you for helping to spread the word.


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