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.


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.