NEW YORK – A New York city police officer who once worked as a lifeguard put the training from his former career to work, saving two people who were struggling in water off a boardwalk in Queens.
Twenty-three-year-old Officer William Lauria used to work at a swimming pool lifeguard. He answered a radio call Monday night to rescue a woman who was in distress about 50 feet (15 meters) from the shore at Rockaway Beach.
The Daily News reports another man who jumped into the water to try to save the woman also ended up in distress.
Lauria saved them both, directing a nearby surfer to pick up the man while he guided the 25-year-old woman to shore.
He says his training just "kicked in" when he needed it.
Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com