Montclair's Bonner Saves Youngster From House Fire

Montclair, NJ (1/13/09) – Montclair State dual-sport student-athlete Taylor Bonner (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) has come up with big performances in key moments for the Red Hawks as a member of both the men’s lacrosse and football squads the past two seasons.

But any of those moments pale in comparison to the heroic effort Bonner came up with on the evening of January 5.

Bonner and his father Michael, helped save the life of an 11-year-old girl as the two caught the youngster after she leaped from the roof of her burning house in Old Bridge. The house was ablaze just up the street from Bonner’s residence. After hearing cries for help from a second story window, the two men raced to the house and found the girl sitting on top of the roof over the front door.

The two men encouraged the girl to jump, which she did falling into the arms as the three then hit the ground. All three escaped without injury. The girl then attempted to run back into the house to save her dog, but was held back by Taylor as the fire roared on until fire fighters brought the blaze under control.

Bonner has spent the last two seasons in the midfield for the MSU men’s lacrosse team where he earned First-Team Skyline Conference accolades in 2008 as he helped the Red Hawks to the league’s regular-season title. He was the third leading scorer on the team in goals (26) and points (24) and ranked among the Top 10 in the Skyline Conference in scoring.

This past Fall, Bonner joined the Montclair football squad where he played cornerback and as well as serving on several special teams units coming up with a blocked punt in MSU’s 30-14 victory over Rowan.

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