NEW YORK – A hero New York cop and a Manhattan recruiter are among the 16 contestants who will vie for $1 million on Survivor: Thailand, the fifth installment of the CBS reality show.
Ken Stafford, 30 -- who lives in Brooklyn -- and Shii Ann Huang, 28 -- a Tawain-born executive recruiter -- will join 14 other Survivor contestants when the show kicks off Sept. 19.
The contestants' identities were revealed by Survivor host Jeff Probst on yesterday's Early Show on CBS.
This time around the 16 contestants will be stranded on an island off Thailand called Koh Taru Tao.
Stafford has won citations for bravery and numerous Commander's Day awards.
He's also been nominated -- but has never won -- for NYPD "Cop of the Month."
Friends say he has made no secret of the fact he'd like to be an actor some day.
Stafford is a former construction worker and "fitness professional" who watches a lot of football and rides a motorcycle. He's single but lives with his two American bulldogs, Bubba and Thumper.
Stafford has a B.A. from St. Francis College and a certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Huang, emigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 8, spending her teen years in Arizona before attending the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a B.A. (with honors) in English.
Huang also earned a master's degree at New York University/Tisch School of the Arts' Interactive Telecommunications Program. She's single and lives with a cat she describes as "slightly obese."
The other contestants are:
* Jake Billingsley, 60. A land broker from McKinney, Texas.
* Erin Collins, 26. Real estate agent from Austin, Texas.
* Stephanie Dill, 29. Firefighter from Fayetteville, Ark.
* Jan Gentry, 53. First-grade teacher from Florida.
* Helen Glover, 47. Navy swim instructor from Middletown, R.I.
* Brian Heidik, 34. Car salesman from Quartz Hill, Calif.
* Jed Hildebrand, 25. Dental student from Dallas.
* Ghandia Johnson, 33. Legal secretary from Denver.
* Clay Jordan, 46. Restaurateur from Monroe, La.
* Penny Ramsey, 27. Pharmaceutical saleswoman from Plano, Texas.
* John Raymond, 40. Pastor from Slidell, La.
* Ted Rogers, Jr., 37. Software development manager from Durham, N.C.
* Tanya Vance, 27. Social worker from Gray, Tenn.
* Robb Zbacnik, 23. Bartender from Scottsdale, Az.