WASHINGTON - New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski (D-7th) spoke on the House Floor Thursday to recognize the heroic actions of two New Jersey State Troopers: Trooper Robert Tarleton and State Police Lieutenant Edward Ryer for pulling a truck driver from the cab of his burning truck after it crashed on Route 287 in Bridgewater, NJ on Monday.

Malinowski's remarks follow:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the heroism of two New Jersey State Troopers: Trooper Robert Tarleton and State Police Lieutenant Edward Ryer. 

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On March 2nd Trooper Tarleton was stopped and talking with a driver on I-287 in Bridgewater, New Jersey, when a tractor trailer ran off the road, hit a structure, and burst into flames.

Trooper Tarleton  immediately ran towards the scene, where he met Lieutenant Ryer, who was off duty, but had stopped to help.

With no thought to their own personal safety- they grabbed the incapacitated driver from the wreckage- dragging him to safety, seconds before the truck exploded.

Thank you Trooper Tarleton and Lieutenant Ryer for your selfless actions that saved a man’s life.

I also want to take a moment to recognize the everyday acts of heroism by our law enforcement officers that may not make the news, or be captured on a bodycam as this one was. 

We call them when we need help, and no matter how dangerous the situation, they always come. We are grateful.

Thank you, and I yield back.”

The truck had crossed over several lanes of Route 287 near mile marker 20 in Bridgewater before striking a guard rail and bridge abutment. A fire started in the cab of the truck before the troopers arrived; they pulled the driver from his seat seconds before the cab exploded.

Area roadways were backed up for several hours as police were forced to detour traffic from the interstate.

The troopers were also recognized for their heroism by State Police earlier this week.