A helicopter rushed two 11-year-old boys, who sustained second-degree burns, to the Burn Unit of St. Barnabas Medical Center Wednesday night, Manalapan police Department Captain Mike Fountain said. According to a police investigation, the boys received the injuries when they were burning sneakers using several aerosol cans, tiki torch fuel, and a lighter. They were doing this at one of the boys’ home on Locust Grove Way, police said.
The older brother of one of the victims drove to Pine Brook School to locate his parents who were at Back-to-School Night, when he was stopped by Ptl. Anthony Cascella who was working security. The teen told Cascella that his younger brother, who was seated in the back of his car, received burns to his face and both knees. The teen located his parents and Cascella requested First Aid and medics to respond to Pine Brook School to help the victim.
Police responded to the Locust Grove Way home to secure the area where the incident occurred. Ptl. William Dutton canvased the area and located the second 11-year-old boy who suffered burns at his home on Willow Grove Way. This boy received burns on his forehead, forearms, and lower legs, according to police. Dutton requested First Aid and Medics to respond to the home for treatment.
Both of the boys were transported to St. Barnabas Medical Center for treatment of their non-life threatening injuries by the New Jersey State Police North Star helicopter. Manalapan-First Aid Squad, Gordon’s Corner Fire Department, and Monoc paramedics assisted with Manalapan Police during this event.