A New Jersey community is mourning the death of a border patrol officer who died trying to save her daughter from a house fire.
A group of mourners gathered at Veterans Park in Hazlet Tuesday to attend a candlelight vigil for Jacqueline Montanaro, who died after her family’s home caught fire on Friday morning.
After escaping the home, Montanaro raced back into the house, hoping to rescue her 6-year-old daughter, Madelyn, from the burning house. Both mother and child later died from injuries they sustained from the fire.
Montanaro’s husband, William Montanaro, and the couple’s 8-year-old daughter survived the fire.
Viewings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at the Holmdel Funeral Home, with the funeral and mass of Christian burial planned for Friday at St. Benedict’s Church in Holmdel.