Officer attends graduation of girl he rescued in 2011
Officer Matthew DeMatteo crawled onto the ice and pulled Sarah Thalhammer out after a dog she was walking dragged her onto the frozen bay
NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. — A Long Island police officer has attended the high school graduation of a teen he rescued from icy waters more than six years ago.
Newsday reports that Suffolk County Police Officer Matthew DeMatteo watched Sarah Thalhammer graduate from North Babylon High School on Saturday.
Thalhammer was 11 when a dog she was walking dragged her onto the frozen Great South Bay on Jan. 17, 2011. The ice gave way about 50 yards off shore.
DeMatteo crawled onto the ice and pulled Thalhammer out, but the ice broke again. Firefighter Chris Gonzales threw them a rope and pulled them both to safety.
Thalhammer's mother invited DeMatteo to her daughter's graduation.
DeMatteo said Thalhammer is going to do great things and he's "very, very proud of her."
Six years ago, Suffolk County Police Officer Matthew DeMatteo saved a then-11-year-old Sarah Thalhammer from drowning in Sayville. Today, DeMatteo was invited by Thalhammer's family to watch her graduate from North Babylon high School. FiOS1's Patricia Nicolas has the story.Posted by Verizon FiOS1 - Long Island on Saturday, June 24, 2017