November 6, 2012


After Getting Relatives To Safety, Cop Dies In Electrified Water





As floodwaters steadily rose in his home in the South Beach section of Staten Island, Police Officer Artur Kasprzak managed to get seven relatives to safety in the attic. At 7 p.m., he told one of them that he was going to check the basement but would be right back. He never returned.

Mr. Kasprzak, 28, died when he came into contact with water that had been electrified by downed power lines. A relative called police around 7:20, and the Emergency Service and SCUBA units responded using Zodiac boats and Jet Skis.

House Knocked Off Foundation

But because of the electrified water they could not enter the house immediately. After the home was declared safe, they found him in the basement around 7 a.m. the next morning. Emergency Medical Service personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

“The house was knocked off its foundation,”said Al O’Leary, a spokesman for the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

The relatives included three men between 31 and 69, three women between 30 and 68, and a 15-month-old male infant who was Mr. Kasprzak’s godson.

Mr. Kasprzak was assigned to the 1st Precinct in Manhattan and had six years on the job. Before becoming a Police Officer he served a year as a Cadet at the 122nd Precinct in Staten Island.

“He was the best police officer, he was the best brother,” his brother-in-law, Rafal Kasprzak, told the Staten Island Advance. “He was one of the best.”