NEW YORK –  A New York city police officer who once worked as a lifeguard put the training from his former career to work. Fox News reports Officer William Lauria, 23, saved two people who were struggling in water off a boardwalk in Queens.

Before becoming one of New York’s finest, Lauria used to work as a swimming pool lifeguard. And Monday night his skills were needed. He answered a radio call to rescue a woman who was in distress about 50 feet from the shore at Rockaway Beach.

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The Daily News reports another man who jumped into the water to try to save the woman also ended up in distress.

Lauria saved them both, directing a nearby surfer to pick up the man while he guided the 25-year-old woman to shore.

He says his training just “kicked in” when he needed it.