Hanover Township officer to be honored

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
Hanover Township Police Officer Don Mantush Hanover Township Police Officer Don Mantush -

HANOVER TWP. — Two dogs were lost but a man’s life was saved when a township police officer crawled inside a burning home and pulled the homeowner to safety.

The incident happened at about 3 a.m. Sunday when Officer Don Mantush noticed flames coming from 120 S. Main St. in Ashley. Mantush stopped his cruiser, yelled inside and heard a man screaming for help.

Mantush crawled into the house and found the man on a couch, pulling him out to safety. The homeowner was initially treated at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and transferred to a hospital in Lehigh County where he was released.

Township commissioners are expected to honor Mantush at their Dec. 9 meeting.

“Officer Mantush bellied crawled in to the living room and pulled the man onto the front porch and out of the house,” stated township Administrator Sam Guesto.

Gusto stated Mantush sustained an injury during the incident.

Police Chief Al Walker said Mantush was treated at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. The chief said the homeowner stopped at the police department Thursday intending to see and personally thank Mantush but the officer was at a medical appointment.

A message to the Ashley Fire Department was not returned.

Mantush was patrolling the Newtown section and was passing on Main Street in Ashley on his way to the Preston section of the township when he spotted flames.

Smoke was coming out of all doors and windows causing Mantush to crawl inside when he heard the man’s screams. Unfortunately, two dogs in a second floor bedroom were lost.

A neighboring house sustained heat damage to its vinyl siding.

The house at 120 S. Main St. was destroyed in the blaze.

This is the second time Mantush has saved people from a fire, according to Times Leader archives.

Mantush and police Sgt. Robert Orzechowski were credited with rescuing four people from a burning six-unit apartment building at 48-50 Diamond St. on April 29, 2014.

Hanover Township Police Officer Don Mantush
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By Ed Lewis

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