Lifeguard Honored for Night Rescue

A local woman received a proclamation from the New York State Assembly during an East Hampton Town Board meeting last week, honoring her for saving a woman who was drowning in Napeague Bay last year.

Katie Osiecki was returning to her home in Amagansett on April 21 when she heard cries for help. With the help of others, she located a woman yelling from the water on the north side of Lazy Point about 220 feet offshore. An ocean lifeguard and volunteer with the East Hampton Ocean Rescue Squad, Ms. Osiecki jumped into the dark waters just as the woman was being pulled into the channel. She positioned the drowning woman on her back and brought her back to shore, where emergency medical providers transported her to the hospital. She had driven her husband's Porsche into the bay.

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele decided to seek what he called the assembly's "highest honor" for Ms. Osiecki after learning she had received the prestigious Carnegie Medal from the Carnegie Hero Fund in Pittsburgh for her actions. Andrew Carnegie established the fund in 1904 to recognize those who risk their lives, and Ms. Osiecki was one of 20 people nationwide to receive the medal and a financial grant in 2013. The proclamation presentation was delayed a bit, Mr. Thiele said, while Ms. Osiecki was out of town.

"The act really tells you all you need to know about Katie Osiecki. She's a really special young woman, a special resident of the Town of East Hampton," Mr. Thiele said, adding that he had known her since she was a student at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor with his children. She also worked as an intern in his office in 2011.