Earlier this week, Sergeant Patrick Faherty was presented with the Irish American Police Officers Association Lifesaving Award for his actions on November 15, 2019.
At approximately 12:40pm, a Detail Officer was informed by a civilian that a woman had entered the waters of Quincy Bay at Wollaston Beach. The reporting party stated that the woman had removed her jacket and shoes and began walking out into the ocean. The temperature was in the 40's at the time, with a water temperature not much higher.
Numerous Officers were dispatched to Wollaston Beach. One of the first on scene was Sergeant Patrick Faherty. After locating the woman's shoes and jacket near the shoreline, he eventually spotted her further out in the bay. Sergeant Faherty immediately called for the Marine Unit and the two patrol cars that have survival suits as standard equipment. Fearing it would take too long for the equipment to arrive, Sgt. Faherty made the decison to enter the water and swim out to the victim. After just a few minutes Sergeant Faherty began to suffer the effects of hypothermia, having to turn back before reaching the victim. Sergaent Fahety returned to shore and was transported to Quincy Medical Center. Massachusetts State Police and Quincy Police Marine Units arrived on scene and the victim was pulled aboard. She was transported to a local hospital, miraculously alive.
For his heroic actions, Sergeant Faherty is presented with the IAPOA Lifesaving Award. Presenting the award was Officer Robert Sweetland, President of the Irish American Police Officers Association.