Kasprzak- a Hero till the end E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brown   

The NYPD is in mourning after a hero cop died shortly after getting six members of his family out of harm's way during superstorm Sandy. Officer Artur Kasprzak, 28, was among the scores of  people killed in New York City as a result of the storm.

Kasprzak died in the basement of his home on Doty Avenue on Staten Island. It was around 7 p.m., when the storm surge started rushing into the residence with deadly speed.

Kasprzak was somehow able to get six members of his family, including two men, ages 69 and 31, along with three women, ages 31, 56 and 68 and a 15-month-old boy  safely up into his attic to escape the rapidly rising water.

Officer Kasprzak then turned to one of the women and told her he was going to check the basement but would be right back. At 7:23 p.m., the woman called 911 and reported Officer Kasprzak missing.

Officers from both the Emergency Service and SCUBA units responded as quickly as they could. But the Zodiac boats and Jet Skis could not access Kasprzak's residence because of electrified power lines in the water.

When the house safe to enter, responders found Kasprzak's body in the basement. EMS responders pronounced him dead at the scene.

As we went to press, he Medical Examiner's Office was still determining the cause of death.

Officer Kasprzak worked out of the 1st Precinct in Manhattan and was a six-year veteran of the NYPD.

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