| NO. 2004-022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 022
Monday, February 9, 2004
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly Presents Five Officers With Certificates For Their Participation In The Rescue Of Four U.S. Navy Personnel On January 15, 2004
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly
today presented five members of service with certificates recognizing their role
in the rescue of four U.S. Navy servicemen on January 15, 2004. The presentation
ceremony was held at One Police Plaza.|
The five members are Det. Anthony
Cassillo, Aviation Unit; PO Anthony Moccaldi, Aviation Unit; PO William Mundy,
Aviation Unit; PO Robert Harris, Scuba Unit; and PO John Drzal, Scuba
New York City Police Commissioner Kelly said: "Their actions are
representative of the finest tradition of the New York City Police Department.
They are to be commended for their actions above and beyond the call of duty. On
behalf of New York City, I thank them for their bravery and
On January 15TH of this year, the Aviation Unit was
contacted by the U.S. Coast Guard regarding two U.S. Navy launches trapped in
the ice off of Sandy Hook, NJ. The two Navy launches, each with a two person
crew, were on a routine patrol when one vessel experienced engine trouble and
then became stuck in the ice. When the second vessel attempted to aid the first,
she also became stuck.
The two Navy crews worked for hours in an attempt
to free themselves from the icy trap. The weather was bitterly cold and after a
long struggle against the elements, the four Navy personnel were starting to
show signs of hyperthermia.
Just after 9 p.m., the Navy personnel
contacted the U.S. Coast Guard who in turn contacted the Aviation Unit. A
helicopter was dispatched and once on the scene, the members of the Aviation and
Scuba Unit immediately recognized the seriousness of the situation and initiated
a rescue operation. The Aviation crew prepared to hoist the Navy personnel while
the Scuba Unit members readied themselves in the event they had to go in to the
One by one, the Navy personnel were hoisted onto the
helicopter. They had very low body temperatures and suffered from cold exposure.
They were transported to Staten Island University Hospital North. The four, as
well as PO Harris and PO Drzal, were treated and released.