Capt. James Coan, head of the NYPD's aviation unit, neared the end of his shift Sunday at midnight, when a call came in that two West Point cadets were stranded, reports the New York Daily News.

Coan stayed to direct his unit's fast response, deploying a helicopter and crew upstate to an Orange County cliff side, where Officer Steve Browning hovered his craft in 30 mph gusts, while the crew hoisted the cadets to safety.

Read the full story at NYDailyNews.com.

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