Police officer recognized for saving life of motorcyclist who lost leg

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TOMS RIVER, NJ – A Toms River Police Officer and two Good Samaritans were presented lifesaving awards Tuesday night for their actions to save the life of a motorcyclist who was injured during a June 16th traffic accident.

Toms River Police Officer Bridgette Badalis and brothers Christopher and Joseph Drago received proclamations from Mayor Maurice Hill and the Township Council. A third Good Samaritan, Miguel Otero, was unable to attend the meeting.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Route 70 and Whitesville Road between a car and motorcycle. The motorcyclist lost his leg in the crash.

Christopher Drago immediately called 9-1-1 to report the accident. While awaiting first responders to arrive, Miguel Otero immediately rendered aid to the injured motorcyclist by removing his own shirt to help control the bleeding on the victim’s leg and Joseph Drago removed his belt using it as a tourniquet on the victim’s leg.

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Officer Bridgette Badalis applied two tourniquets to the victim’s leg after she arrived on the scene. All three Good Samaritans assisted first responders in lifting the injured motorcyclist onto a backboard for transportation to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for further treatment.

The actions of Officer Badalis, Christopher, Joseph and Miguel were lifesaving, heroic and outstanding contributions to public safety in Toms River, the current Toms Rive Council President said.