ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – A former Montgomery County Sheriff’s candidate is being credited with risking his life in an attempt to save a drowning father in New Jersey.
The man the former candidate attempted to save later died, police said. But the man’s son, whom the man had gone after initially, made it back to shore safely, police said.
The former sheriff’s candidate, James Glorioso, Jr., was in Atlantic City on the beach Monday morning at about 9:30 a.m. when he spotted a man struggling in the water at the city’s New Jersey Avenue beach, Atlantic City Police said in a release.
The struggling man had gone into the water to save his 11-year-old son, who was having trouble, police said.
The boy made it back to shore, but the boy’s father struggled in the water, police there said.
Glorioso “observed the father struggling in the water, retrieved a boogie board, and entered the water,” police said in the release. “Glorioso located the man after he had gone under water and attempted to pull him on the boogie board.”
Atlantic City Beach Patrol Chief Steve Downey was the first to Glorioso and the father, followed by members of the local fire department. They then got Glorioso and the father to shore.
The father was unresponsive and firefighters started CPR. The father was taken to a local hospital, where he died. The man’s name had not been released by Monday afternoon.
The boy was also taken to the hospital for treatment, police said.
The Atlantic City Beach Patrol was off-duty at the time of the incident, police said, but immediately responded from a nearby beach tent upon hearing of the need for assistance.
Glorioso ran for Montgomery County Sheriff last year, but lost. He has since gone on to a career in acting. He has appeared as an extra in various television shows.
Glorioso, of Amsterdam, previously served part time as a sheriff’s deputy in Dutchess County and Montgomery County, and as a part-time officer in Fort Plain.
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- NJ.com: Father dies after trying to save his 11-year-old son struggling in ocean at Jersey Shore, July 29, 2019