Off-duty NYPD Officer Dies After Saving His Family From Sandy

Officer Artur Kasprzak was able to rescue six members of his family, but disappeared after he went to the basement.

An off-duty NYPD officer died in his flooded basement Monday night moments after moving his family to safety.

Officer Artur Kasprzak, 28, was pronounced dead in the basement of his home on Staten Island, according to

With floodwaters surging in his home, Kasprzak was able to get six members of his family, including two men, ages 69 and 31, three women, ages 31, 56 and 68, and a 15-month-old boy into his attic so they could safely escape rapidly rising water, the station reported, quoting NYPD officials.

When he didn't reappear after telling them he was going to check the basement, they called 911 to report him missing.

NYPD emergency ops crews including Scuba divers responded to the residence using boats and jet skis but couldn't get to the home because of power lines.

On Tuesday morning, they entered the basement and found his body.

Kasprzak has been on the force for six years.


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