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Off-Duty NYPD Cop Drowns While Saving Family

October 31, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of NYPD.
Photo courtesy of NYPD.

An off-duty NYPD officer and father drowned Monday night after rescuing six members of his family, including his 15-month-old son, from his flooded Staten Island home.

Artur Kasprzak, 28, brought his family members to the attic and told them he would check the basement one last time. One of the women he rescued called 911 when he didn't return, reports CBS News.

NYPD officers from the Emergency Service Unit and SCUBA team responded with jet skis and Zodiac boats, but couldn't reach the home because of downed power lines in the water.

A search party finally entered the home Tuesday morning and found Kasprzak's body.

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Tags: NYPD, Natural Disasters, Officer Heroism


Comments (5)

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S.S @ 11/2/2012 10:49 AM

you lived the life of a hero, and you died a hero. R.I.P. My thoughts and prayers go out to the officer's family.

Dan @ 11/2/2012 12:12 PM

Such a heartbreaking story. All of the first responders that are coping with the disaster are heroes. That this officer gave all of himself to save his family is even more tragic. I am praying for his family, his friends and his co-workers.

Nichole @ 11/5/2012 3:07 AM

Very tragic. I couldn't even imagine.

MIKE @ 11/5/2012 8:36 AM

VERY TRAGIC !MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AS WELL AS HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THE NYPD

RICHARD ISAACS @ 11/8/2012 6:13 PM

I HOPE TO MEET AND SHAKE THE HAND OF A REAL HERO AND WARRIOR WHEN IT'S MY TURN TO GO EOW. RIP.

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