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Police Chief, Seaside Heights    
Featured in People magazine (November 19, 2012)    

We saved a three-year-old, a seven-year-old and a pregnant mother up in an attic.

With the storm about to hit, Seaside Heights police chief Thomas Boyd gave his men a simple directive. "I said, 'Anybody who wants to leave, go. I'm staying. Their response? "'Chief if you are staying, we are staying,'" recalls Boyd. "They put their lives on the line for me."

Of course, the veteran chief put his own life at risk as well. Riding in the truck with Fire Chief James Samarelli to evacuate remaining residents just as the storm was making landfall, "the water started filling up the truck, and I told some Samarelli, 'This is not a good situation here. If the water flips us, we are dead,'" Says Boyd.

Plowing onward, he and his team made 36 rescues. "We plucked one kid out of a tree," says Boyd. "We saved a three-year-old, a seven-year-old and a pregnant mother up in an attic. If we didn't rescue them, they would not be here today"

 


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