At approximately 4:36pm on September 16, 2023, the Margate City Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls in reference to two swimmers at the Wilson Avenue beach in distress.
Officer Brendan Campbell, who was already on the beach answering an unrelated call, immediately responded and ran into the surf.
Both victims were hanging on to a nearby jetty and the officers were able to reach them there.
Officer Campbell and Sergeant Taroncher each pulled a victim from the water all the while struggling with the rough conditions and dangerous rip currents.
Both victims, a 12 year old girl and her 58 year old grandmother from East Stroudsberg Pennsylvania were treated on scene by the Margate City Fire Department and released.
Lieutenant Joe Scullion # 247
Platoon B Commander / Public Information Officer
Margate City Police Department
111 N. Decatur Avenue
Margate, NJ 08402
Office: (609) 822-1151