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Heroes Who Smashed Windows To Save Edgewater Girls From Fire Honored

Tony Nehmi and Edgewater Sgt. James Dalton climb a ladder to rescue two girls from a ravaging fire.
Tony Nehmi and Edgewater Sgt. James Dalton climb a ladder to rescue two girls from a ravaging fire. Photo Credit: Ilker Kesiktas

An Edgewater business owner and police officer will be honored Wednesday during a Bergen County Freeholder's work session for smashing for saving the lives of two girls in a ravaging second-floor fire last week.

Tony Nehmi, who owns Wine & Spirits, said he saw panic on the faces of girls in the window of Pro Arts Academy Dance Studio on the second floor of the River Road building, NJ.com reports .

Without hesitation, he and Sgt. James Dalton grabbed a ladder and climbed up to the window, smashing it to free two girls as others jumped from a fire escape.

“We couldn’t do it quick enough,” Dalton told CBS2 . “Once we got them out they told us they were the last two people in there. Big sigh of relief.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: Daily Voice obtained a copy of the graphic --and what some might consider troubling -- video of children jumping and being rescued from the fire. We chose to use a still image from the video instead. CLICK HERE if you wish to view the video.

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