After a boat sank off the Jersey Shore on Monday, a New Jersey correctional police officer stepped up to prevent a tragedy.

Officer Chad Ammerman was off duty when a local resident alerted him that he heard the cries of a man floating in the open water.

Turns out that the 82-year-old victim had been floating for three hours before his calls for help were heard.

Officer Ammerman called 9-1-1, then searched for a floatation device.

Finding a cooler on the beach, he emptied it and then swam 300 yards with the cooler in tow to reach the victim. Then the officer dragged the victim who clung to the cooler 40 yards toward shore when a boat picked them up.

Officer Chad Ammerman is an outstanding example of the professionalism and heroism of NJ's correctional officers and members of PBA Local 105. Thank you for what you do every day.

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The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Spadea. Any opinions expressed are Bill's own. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m., talkin’ Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.

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