Legislator Laura Schaefer joined her colleagues in the Nassau County Legislature to honor two NCPD Officers who saved a five-year-old child who had been left home alone by her mother.
Officers Patrick Castel and Michael Chiappone of the 3rd Precinct responded to a call at an apartment complex in Floral Park and observed a young girl hanging approximately 25 feet in the air from a second story window. Officer Castel attempted to instruct the child on how to get back inside the open window, but the girl stated she “wanted to come to the ground.” Officer Castel remained underneath the child to catch her if she fell, while Officer Chiappone ran inside the building and kicked-down the apartment door and pulled the child back into the apartment unharmed. It was later determined that the mother had left her child alone for approximately 3 hours. Police identified and located the girl's mother and subsequently arrested her, while the young girl was placed in the custody of her uncle.
“Thanks to the quick thinking of these brave officers, a five-year-old child was pulled to safety and a situation that could have had catastrophic results was averted,” Legislator Schaefer said. “Thank you, Officers Castel, and Chiappone and to all of our men and women in blue!”