RED BANK: FIRE HERO ARRESTED FOR THEFTS

Robert Womble at Red Bank borough hall in December, 2011, when he was honored for heroism. (Click to enlarge)

A Red Bank man cited for heroism in the 2011 fire that killed a cousin of William ‘Count’ Basie was arrested Tuesday for two car burglaries, borough police said.

Robert Womble, 52, faces charges of stealing valuables from a vehicle parked on East Westside Avenue on May 22 and from another on West Sunset Avenue eight days later, police said.

Womble was one of two men who entered the burning home of 64-year-old Phyllis Rudrow on Drs. James Parker Boulevard on September 18, 2011, pulling her to safety from the smoke-filled structure.

Rudrow died of her injuries four days later.

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BASIE COUSIN INJURED IN RED BANK FIRE

firePhyllis Rudrow, seen with Dr. Eugene Cheslock below at the 2009 dedication of a bust of her cousin, Count Basie, suffered burns in a blaze that heavily damaged her home. (Photo above courtesy of John Tyler. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rudrowA cousin of the late William ‘Count’ Basie suffered serious burns in a fire at her Red Bank home late Sunday afternoon.

Phyllis Rudrow, 64, was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center with second- and third-degree burns that were not believed to be life-threatening, police Captain Darren McConnell told redbankgreen on the scene, at 183 Drs. James Parker Boulevard.

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