Alexis May, humanities major at County College of Morris (CCM), is being named a hero for her actions on the early morning hours of Monday, January 27. While driving home, she noticed fire coming from the second floor of a house on Shippenport Road in the Landing section of Roxbury Township.
May quickly dialed 911 and then knocked on the front door of the burning home to notify the residents. Homeowner, Neil Lepre, opened the door and was unaware the back of his house was engulfed in flames. He ran inside the burning home to help his wife, who is in a wheelchair, out of the house with assistance from the first responding police officers.
“Anything to help,” said May. “To all the firemen and woman and police officers, you guys were amazing!”
“She did phenomenal work telling the dispatcher where the house was and also noted that there was a wheelchair ramp and probably a disabled person inside,” said Roxbury Police Chief Jim Simonetti. “She acted in a courageous manner and for that she should be commended.”
On February 25, the township and the Morris County Police Chiefs Association recognized May for her actions at a town council meeting and also presented her with a $500 scholarship.
###Photo: Left, Patrolman Jack Sylvester, Patrolman Tom Gaboda, Alexis May, Sergeant Steve Curtiss and Patrolman Jake Field during an award presentation to May for her actions in reporting an early morning house fire. Credit: Courtesy of Roxbury Township Police Department