Rescuers honored after Yonkers plane crash

Christopher Smidt, center, a New Jersey corrections officer

Christopher Smidt, center, a New Jersey corrections officer and student pilot who was rescued from the Hudson River after a plane crash, hugs his son Collin, 10, as his wife Karen Smidt stands at left. (Jan. 29, 2013) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Three Yonkers police officers, a retired detective and one of their sons were honored with proclamations Tuesday at a news conference at Yonkers City Hall after Sunday's rescue of two people in a small plane that crashed into the Hudson River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are using hydrographic survey vessels to search the Hudson River for the plane, according to officials. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Christopher Smidt, center, a New Jersey corrections officer
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Christopher Smidt, center, a New Jersey corrections officer and student pilot who was rescued from the Hudson River after a plane crash, hugs his son Collin, 10, as his wife Karen Smidt stands at left. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Christopher Smidt, left, a New Jersey corrections officer
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Christopher Smidt, left, a New Jersey corrections officer and student pilot who was rescued from the Hudson River after a plane crash, talks with news media during a press conference at Yonkers City Hall. (Jan. 29, 2013)

An Army Corps of Engineers boat cruises the
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

An Army Corps of Engineers boat cruises the Hudson River off Yonkers in the general vicinity of a plane that crashed Sunday evening. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Christopher Smidt, who was rescued from the Hudson
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Christopher Smidt, who was rescued from the Hudson River after a plane crash, rests his hand on Daniel Higgins Jr., 12, during a news conference at Yonkers City Hall honoring the rescuers. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Christopher Smidt, center, who was rescued from the
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Christopher Smidt, center, who was rescued from the Hudson River after a plane crash, shakes hands with Daniel Higgins Jr., 12, after a news conference at Yonkers City Hall honoring the rescuers. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Christopher Smidt, a New Jersey corrections officer and
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Christopher Smidt, a New Jersey corrections officer and student pilot who was rescued from the Hudson River after a plane crash, talks with news media after a news conference at Yonkers City Hall. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Three rescuers involved in Sunday's Hudson River plane
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Three rescuers involved in Sunday's Hudson River plane crash hold their City of Yonkers proclamations during a news conference in their honor at Yonkers City Hall. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Yonkers Police Officer Daniel Higgins and Daniel Higgins
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Yonkers Police Officer Daniel Higgins and Daniel Higgins Jr., 12, talk to the media after a news conference at City Hall. Both were involved in rescuing two people who were in the Hudson River after their small plane crashed Sunday evening. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Mayor Mike Spano gives a City of Yonkers
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Mayor Mike Spano gives a City of Yonkers Proclamation to Yonkers Police Officer Christopher Balenzentis at a news conference at City Hall honoring the survivors of Sunday evening's plane crash in the Hudson River. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Mayor Mike Spano gives a City of Yonkers
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Mayor Mike Spano gives a City of Yonkers Proclamation to Yonkers Police Officer John Twomey at a news conference at City Hall honoring the rescuers involved in Sunday evening's plane crash. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Retired Yonkers Police Det. George Farrell, right, holds
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Retired Yonkers Police Det. George Farrell, right, holds his City of Yonkers Proclamation at a news conference at City Hall honoring the rescuers involved in Sunday evening's plane crash in the Hudson River. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, right, thanks Yonkers Police
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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, right, thanks Yonkers Police Officer Daniel Higgins as his son, Daniel Higgins Jr., 12, and Christopher Smidt, who was rescued, stand nearby. (Jan. 29, 2013)

Christopher Smidt, center, who was rescued from the
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Christopher Smidt, center, who was rescued from the Hudson River after a plane crash, shakes hands with Daniel Higgins Jr., 12, after a news conference at Yonkers City Hall honoring the rescuers. (Jan. 29, 2013)

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