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LD 17 - Legislator Tom Donnelly

Posted on: December 6, 2018

Legislator Donnelly Honors Local Resident Who Helped Rescue Drowning Man

Patrick Brady

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly honored Patrick Brady of Huntington Station at the Suffolk County Legislature General Meeting in Hauppauge on November 20 for his role in saving a man who was drowning in Huntington Harbor this summer.

Brady, a 2016 graduate of Walt Whitman High School, was working with Chas Forte, 16, of Huntington, on a town pump-out boat when they were alerted by the man’s family that he needed assistance. The two transferred the victim, who had swallowed salt water and was in distress, to their boat and took him to the town dock in Halesite, where an ambulance was waiting. Forte was honored by Legislator William “Doc” Spencer at the same meeting.

“Thanks to the quick action of these two young men, a life was saved,” Legislator Donnelly said.

Brady is a member of the Huntington Manor Fire Department and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve stationed at Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn. He is taking EMT classes at Suffolk County Community College.

“The ability of these two young men to remain calm and take all the right actions prevented a drowning tragedy from occurring,” Legislator Donnelly said. “They are serving their community with distinction and have already demonstrated themselves to be leaders.” 

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Photo Caption: Suffolk Legislator Tom Donnelly with Huntington Station hero Patrick Brady and his parents, Jonna and Chuck Brady.

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