Hero Teen Honored By Borough President
Saide Palmer, who rescued 7-year-old Devin Erwin from drowning in Jamaica Bay on August 3, was honored at Queens Borough Hall on August 11. Borough President Helen Marshall presented Palmer with a Citation of Honor and a $100 gift certificate to Modell’s for his deed.
“The combined rescue was one of the greatest things that happened in the city last week,” Marshall said. “[Saide] is an inspiration to us all.”
Palmer saved Ervin tossing the boy a basketball to use as a floatation device.
“I picked it up knowing it would float and probably save his life,” explained Palmer, who said he remembered using a basketball to help him float on vacation.
Deputy Chief Edward Baggett of the FDNY accepted a citation for Firefighter Craig Mosia, who also took part in the rescue of Ervin and his cousin 13-year-old Tab Miller.
Baggett said that Palmer did everything the right way by first calling 911 and “helped to get things rolling, but not making himself part of the problem.”
Marshall also said that she hoped that this incident would “get the message out not to swim in areas not protected by lifeguards.”
Assistant Coach Chris Casey, of St. John’s University basketball team, presented Palmer with a team jersey.
Mosia and homeowner Robert Denni (who also took part in the rescue) were both unable to attend the ceremony.