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Scan our OR code unvour www.freeportbaldwlnleader.com Freeport 81st Year, No. 37 Freeport, N.Y. 11520 A Herald Community Newspaper Thursday, September, 15, 2016 $1.00 Freeporters remember 9/11 Pages The week ahead in Freeport Page 2 'Peace Walk' this Saturday Page 4 Arrest in murder of Freeport man Page 8 Cops rescue five from burning house By LAURA SCHOFER A raging fire did not deter two off-duty police officers from charg- ing into a burning house in Free- port on Monday Sept. 12, to save the lives of five people trapped inside. Free- port Police Officer Corey Cooke and Nassau County Police Officer Gary Boulanger, both in street clothes and without protective gear, withstood the fire's intense heat and heavy smoke conditions to lead two children, a 90- year-old woman and two adults to safety The victims and the police officers were transported to Nassau University Medical Center for their injuries, including smoke inhalation. Another victim, just out- side the house, was also transported to NUMC. The police officers and five of the six residents have been Laura Schofer/Herald OFFICERS RECEIVE COM- MENDATION for bravery after they rescue five peo- ple form a burning house in Freeport. NCPO Gary Boulanger, Freeport Police Officer Corey Cooke. released. Dr. Victor Politi, executive director of NUMC, said the elderly woman is still hospitalized in the surgical intensive care unit. \Swift action saved their lives,\ Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said at a press conference on Monday. \Without their heroic efforts, this would have been a tragic and deadly event.\ Cooke was on his way to work when he saw trouble on the horizon at approximately 6:30 a.m. \I was driving down South Ocean Avenue and I saw heavy smoke com- ing from a house on Roosevelt Avenue so I called it in,\ Cooke said. When he arrived at the scene the house was engulfed in flames. Cooke, who is also a lieutenant in the Freeport Fire Department, didn't wait for firefighters to arrive. He heard people calling for help and Bill Kelly/Herald 118 ROOSEVELT AVENUE sustained heavy damage from a fire on Monday, Sept. 12. Eight people were injured, including two police officers. entered the house. \You couldn't see much, just silhouettes in the living room,\ Cooke explained. \It was dif- ficult to breath.\ He helped four peo- ple make their way to safety and then turned around and went back to help the fifth victim. He had to crawl on his hands and knees to reach an elderly injured woman at the bottom of the staircase. He grabbed her under her arms and began to drag her out of the house. Meanwhile, Boulanger, also on his way to work, saw the fire and went to help. He entered the house and helped Cooke carry the elderly woman to safety Both officers went back into the burning house to see if there were other people. \As they got the Oast] victim out- side our Fire Department units were arriving,\ Matthew Colgan, assistant chief of the Freeport Fire Department, said. \Lt. Cooke advised me that all occupants were CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 Freeport holds off East Meadow ByTONYBELLISSIMO tbellissimo@liherald.com After losing a one-point Shootout at home against East Meadow last season, Freeport had all of its weapons on display in last Friday night's Conference I opener and held on to win a thriller, 42-40. Junior Aaje Grayson had a 35-yard touchdown run and a 35-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter as the Red Devils erased a six- point deficit on the way to avenging last year's 41-40 defeat. Senior quarterback Rashad Tucker threw a pair of scoring passes and rushed for 111 yards, and senior Jahred Wray found the end zone twice. The Jets were led by senior Justin Reyes, who had rushing and receiving touch- downs as well as a two-point conversion run. \We knew they were coming in here with a very good football team,\ Freeport head coach Russ Cellan said. \We have a bunch of guys who can step on the gas and go,\ he added. \I thought a big thing tonight was how well our inexperi- enced linemen were able to grind it out. We have all new linemen on both sides of the ball.\ The Red Devils held their own in the trenches and won the battle of special teams. In addition to Grayson's punt return, senior kicker Will Pres- brey went &-for-6 on extra-point tries, and Tucker bombed a long punt to East Meadow's 5-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. Mean- while, the Jets failed to covert three extra points. \Sometimes you're the hammer, and some- times you're the nail,\ East Meadow head coach Vin Mascia said. \Tonight we were the nail. We made some big plays offensively but our defense had a real difficult time with their speed. We couldn't simulate that kind of speed in practice. They have four exceptional skill players.\ Freeport scored all three times it touched the ball in the third quarter after the visitors took a 27-21 lead on senior Joe Matchekosky's second touchdown of the night just two minutes into the second half. The Red Devils responded with a quick two-play drive, set up by senior Elijah Campbell's kickoff return to the 46. Tucker ran for 19 yards on first down, then Grayson found Keith O'Reilly/Herald SENIOR ELIJAH CAMPBELL opened the scoring in Freeport's 42-40 win over East Meadow last Friday night with a 17-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. *%T If* e # OH Mo/i/aew M en 1VHJOW3IH IdUJ JLWZftZ/80 CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 ll'i-h

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