Who is Jackie Montanaro? New Jersey mom dies trying to save 6-year-old daughter from fire

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A New Jersey mother died after rushing back into her burning home in an attempt Saturday to save her 6-year-old daughter’s life.

Both Jackie Montanaro, 40, and 6-year-old Madelyn were killed by the flames that encompassed their Hazlet home as the family slept around 12:30 a.m., WABC reported.

The family’s dog, a Goldendoodle named Duchess, also died in the tragedy.

William Montanaro, wife Jackie and their daughter Elena, 8, were all able to escape their burning home, but Madelyn was nowhere to be seen.

Both William and Jackie rushed back into the home in an attempt to save her, but neither Jackie nor Madelyn made it out alive.

William said Jackie, who worked as a Customs and Border Protection officer, was a “hero,” according to a statement obtained by WABC.

Who is Jackie Montanaro

“When I rushed back into the house for Madelyn, I became enveloped with a massive amount of thick, hot, black smoke. Without hesitation, Jackie then charged in with a mother’s love and the courage of a police officer fueling her attempt to save our daughter,” the grieving father said.

The family’s dog, a Goldendoodle named Duchess, also died in the tragedy.

“I am heartbroken. I have lost the love of my life — my beautiful wife, Jackie — and my sweet, loving, spunky little girl, Madelyn,” his statement read. “We are extremely devastated Duchess is no longer with us, but we must remember she is now at rest alongside Jackie and Madelyn.”

Hazlet Deputy Mayor Peter Terranova said the township, located about an hour outside New York City, has come together in support of the family following the tragedy.

Who is Jackie Montanaro?

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