Frank Carey, a former Nassau County police officer and a retired Newsday truck driver, died Monday of kidney failure complications at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip. He was 83 and lived in West Babylon.
He joined the police in February 1953 and had numerous job citations, including one for recovering $7,000 taken by an armed robber who fired a shot in the windshield of his patrol car.
He also saved the 6-year-old son of a fellow officer, George Fox Sr., from drowning in an icy stream in Seaford Harbor, where he lived.
Carey left the force in December 1958 and was hired by Newsday the same month. His son Patrick said he did not know why his father left the department.
"But he was the only driver ever personally hired by Alicia Patterson," the paper's owner at the time, said Patrick Carey of North Babylon, also a former Newsday driver.
He said his father was "something of a workaholic. I don't think he ever missed a day of work."
Frank Carey's wife, Margaret, died in 1998.
"He really missed her," said his son.
He said his father loved the water. "He used to say that the only peace he could get was out on the water. And he loved to fish, especially out in Seaford," Patrick Carey said.
Adhering to his father's wishes, Patrick Carey said there is no wake or funeral planned, and the body will be cremated and its ashes strewn into the water from a Seaford area bridge at an undetermined date.