Supervisory Officer Jacqueline Montanaro

Supervisory Officer Jacqueline Montanaro

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, January 14, 2023

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Jacqueline Montanaro

Supervisory Officer Jackie Montanaro died from injuries she sustained while trying to rescue her daughter from a fire in Hazlet, New Jersey.

When a fire broke out around midnight, Officer Montanaro evacuated from her burning home with her husband and eight-year-old daughter. She re-entered the home in an attempt to rescue their six-year-old daughter who was still inside. Officer Montanaro was found unconscious, trapped inside with trauma to her arms and hands. She was transported to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries at 1:40 am. Her six-year-old daughter did not survive the fire.

Officer Montanaro had served with the United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations for 16 years and was assigned to the Newark Liberty International Airport. She is survived by her husband, daughter, parents, grandmother, sister, and two brothers.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire
  • Location New Jersey
  • Incident Date Friday, January 13, 2023

fire, rescue


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Officer Montanaro, this truly touched my heart. It takes someone with such bravery to do what you did. I admire your bravery! May you and your daughter rest in peace and know that you are always loved and never forgotten.

Civilian Jeanet Garcia

February 27, 2023

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