Asharoken Officers Honored for Rescues

Two Asharoken Village police officers were recognized by the Town Board for their rescue of paddleboarders in July.

Councilwoman Joan Cergol led the recognition of Officers Sidney Lynn and James Cox were honored at the Sept. 5 Town of Huntington Board meeting.

Cergol presented Lynn and Cox proclamations.

She told Village Deputy Mayor Pam Pierce and Village Trustee Mel Ettinger: “You should be very proud of your village police officers, who work together as a team on the water and on shore, and who are always on the lookout for people who experience difficulties when conditions put them in distress. We as a Town, are proud, too, and congratulate them for a job, and in Officer Lynn’s case, jobs, well done.”

On Saturday, July 21, Lynn was on patrol in a village police boat when he spotted an East Northport man sitting on his paddle board about 300 yards off the tip of Sand City. Lynn brought the man onto the police boat and transported him to shore at Hobart Beach.

The next day on Sunday, July 22, Lynn was patrolling in the village police boat when Cox, working dispatch for the department, received a call about a paddle boarder in distress. He notified Lynn, and helped him locate the paddle boarder, a Brooklyn woman was hanging onto a buoy due to the high winds. Lynn handed the woman a life jacket, helped her onto the police boat and took her to the Soundview Boat Ramp, where he dropped her off. She was uninjured and in good condition.

          On Saturday July 21, Officer Sidney Lynn was on patrol in a village police boat when he spotted an East Northport man sitting on his paddle board about 300 yards off the tip of Sand City. Officer Lynn brought the man onto the police boat and transported him to shore at Hobart Beach.

          The next day, Sunday July 22, Officer Lynn was again patrolling in the village police boat when Officer James Cox, working dispatch for the department, received a call about a paddle boarder in distress. He notified Officer Lynn, and helped Officer Lynn locate the paddle boarder, a Brooklyn woman who because of high winds was unable to get back to shore and who was hanging onto a buoy. Officer Lynn handed the woman a life jacket, helped her onto the police boat and took her to the Soundview Boat Ramp, where he dropped her off, uninjured and in good condition.

          In presenting proclamations to the two officers at the meeting, Councilwoman Cergol told Village Deputy Mayor Pam Pierce and Village Trustee Mel Ettinger, “You should be very proud of your village police officers, who work together as a team on the water and on shore, and who are always on the lookout for people who experience difficulties when conditions put them in distress. We as a Town, are proud, too, and congratulate them for a job, and in Officer Lynn’s case, jobs, well done.”

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