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Officers Honored For Daring Rescue

Officers Honored For Daring Rescue


From left: Klaus Dorfi, president of the Life Saving Benevolent Association and Emil Kratovil, LSBA chairman congratulate Brian Gallagher of the NYC Fire Department and Robert H. Pecoraro Jr. and John J. Dalton of the NY Police Harbor Unit for their daring rescue. Photo by Bill Mitchell.From left: Klaus Dorfi, president of the Life Saving Benevolent Association and Emil Kratovil, LSBA chairman congratulate Brian Gallagher of the NYC Fire Department and Robert H. Pecoraro Jr. and John J. Dalton of the NY Police Harbor Unit for their daring rescue. Photo by Bill Mitchell.

On April 10, 2001, the Life-Saving Benevolent Association (LSBA) honored 40 heroes—5 private citizens, 27 police officers, and 8 firefighters for rescues under dangerous conditions in the waters surrounding New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

"These honorees represent the very best of our society," said Klaus G. Dorfi, president of LSBA. "They selflessly put their lives in danger to serve others."

Honored twice was Police Officer John J. Dalton of Rockaway Point, NY, for two separate acts of bravery.

Police Officers Dalton and Robert H. Pecoraro Jr., and Firefighters Brian Gallagher and Timothy Smith responded to a report of 3 people in danger of drowning in Reynold’s Channel and the Atlantic Ocean. Upon arrival, the rescuers found a mother, daughter, and nine-year-old niece caught in a riptide. Officers Pecoraro and Dalton jumped from a Rescue Helicopter and grabbed the niece and held her up out of the water. Dalton, Pecoraro and Firefighter Smith placed the child on a surfboard which overturned twice before they got her back to shore. Dalton and Smith swam to the second victim about 50 yards away and assisted in placing her in the helicopter’s rescue basket. The third victim was also hoisted into the helicopter and flown to the hospital.

Officer Dalton was also involved in a helicopter rescue of a suicidal male who jumped from the 145 Street Bridge into the Harlem River.

"John’s heroic efforts are truly inspirational and we are pleased to recognize these acts of bravery," said Dorfi.


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