Nassau Executive Edward Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter recognized members of the Nassau Police Department, including father and son police officers, for saving the life of a Franklin Square man who fell in the frigid waters at the Bay Park Fishing Station.
The man was filling his docked duck hunting boat with gasoline after returning from a duck hunting trip when he slipped on the dock and fell into the water. The man was unable to pull himself out, and was stuck in 10 feet of water for around 30 minutes. He tried to call for help using his cell phone and was able to reach his son who then called 911.
Nassau police officers from the aviation unit and Fourth Precinct began searching for the man.
Nassau Police Communications Operator Supervisor Nancy Stanley utilized the 911 system to locate the gentleman’s cellular device within a one mile radius at the Bay Park Fishing Station, giving officers and aviation a smaller area to search.
Fourth Precinct Police Officer James Sarnataro Jr. arrived on scene and was able to rescue the man, pulling him out of the water. The gentleman was rendered aid at the scene by Nassau police officers and EMT’s. He was stabilized and transported to South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside.
Assisting in the operation was the Nassau’s Aviation Bureau, which was piloted by Police Officer Justin Wocel and Nassau Aviation Bureau Police Officer James Sarnataro, who is the father of James Sarnataro Jr.
“Working together, these officers and communications supervisor utilized department resources collaboratively to avert a tragic end,” stated Nassau Executive Mangano. “Moments like these give me great pride as county executive.”