Members of the New York State Police came to the rescue of a citizen in need on Wednesday, saving a 40-year-old mentally handicapped man from drowning in Putnam County.
At approximately 11:21 a.m. on Wednesday, troopers were flagged down by a contractor working in the area who reported to police that there was a man swimming in a pond at the intersection of Route 22 and Doansburg Road in Southeast.
Police said that as they approached the pond, they saw a ripple across the top of the water, prompting the troopers to leap into action. Police Sgt. John Hennigan, a 23-year-veteran of the state police, and trooper Jason Kim, who has been on the force for two years, immediately entered the “frigid” water and saw a man, submerged in the water, face down.
According to police, Hennigan and Kim entered several feet of water and brought the 40-year-old man to the shoreline. First aid was administered to the victim, who was reportedly conscious and semi-alert. Paramedics then transported him to Danbury Hospital for further medical evaluation and treatment.
The man, who was a consumer from the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association had been reported missing moments before he was located and saved, police said, praising the contractor who flagged the troopers.
“Thanks to the alertness of the area surveyor, the disabled man was saved," state police said.