A Huntington student was recently recognized by the Huntington Town Board for his efforts saving a man who nearly drowned this summer in Huntington Harbor.
Chas Forte, a junior at Huntington High School, assisted the 41-year-old man in August while he was working on a town pump-out boat with his co-worker Patrick Brady, a 2018 graduate of Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station.
The pair were flagged down by the man's family, transferred the victim to their boat and took him to the town dock in Halesite where an ambulance was waiting after they had radioed the Huntington bay constable.
Forte and Brady were commended for their efforts with town proclamations before a recent public meeting.
"The man swallowed saltwater and was having trouble breathing — he was hyperventilating," Forte, 16, said. Of being honored by the town, he said: "It's a great feeling."
Forte, who said he has been boating for about 14 years, has been a junior captain for the past three years with the Halesite Fire Department. He expects to join the department as a regular member in February after turning 17, he said.
He is a member of his school's football, hockey, lacrosse and wrestling teams and will be inducted next month into the National Honor Society. He is also a member of his school's Young Leaders Club.
Patrick Brady is currently in the U.S. Marines stationed at Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn and is taking classes at Suffolk Community College to become an EMT.