Three Nassau County police officers received citations Friday for a rescue in which they were able to save a dog trapped in an overturned boat for almost an hour.
The 13-month-old cane corso reclined impassively on the floor during the ceremony in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola as the citations were awarded to Officers Joseph Nappi, John Citarella and Joseph Schoepfer.
The dog, Amirah, showed minor interest, barely moving as County Executive Edward Mangano presented her with a large chunk of beribboned rawhide in the shape of a bone.
Dog owner Joseph Aveni, 34, of Copiague, said he was fishing with a friend about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday in the water between Jones Island and Jones Beach when his boat took on water and overturned, trapping the dog.
The officers arrived minutes later in response to a distress call from other boaters and pulled Aveni and his friend from the water south of the toll booths on the Meadowbrook State Parkway.
“For 58 minutes, we were trying to figure a way to stop the boat to be able to get the dog out from underneath the boat,” Aveni, a construction worker, said.
“We thought we lost the dog, but we flipped the boat and the dog was alive, and the officers helped me grab the dog out of the water, and I’m happy she was here today,” Aveni said.