Outstanding Youth in Your Community!!

Outstanding Youth in Your Community!!

Posted in the Mine Hill Forum

G Mark Johnson

Lexington, NC

#1 Aug 14, 2006
On 8/11/06 at Hatteras Island, one of your youth performed an extraodinary deed of sacrifice and valor. Two eleven year old kids were swept away in a rip tide while playing in the surf. I could only reach one of the two, which was my son, Jacob. Dalton, Jacob's friend, was so light and the current pulled him further and further from the shore. Todd Starszak, from 40 Chestnut Street, Minehill, NJ, was on the beach and saw my panic in the situation. I could not get to Dalton, but Todd, knowing how to deal with rip currents, swam
out with his board and brought Dalton safely to shore. I go through this event over and over and thank God that Todd happened to be on the beach that day. Moreover, I thank God that Todd knew what to do in this situation.
I can just now try to thank Todd Staszak for his heroic actions on the beach of Hatteras that day and will pursue all other avenues to get him the recognition his actions. Todd is an asset to any community as well as a role model for other youth. The Community of Minehill, New Jersey, should be extremely proud to have such a "savior" such as Todd Staszak as a citizen.
Please print this in your local publication, as I will pursue contacting your Government officials to acknowledge Todd's unselfish exploits by saving the life of a very dear friend of mine and my son.
I can be reached at : G Mark Johnson, 4410 North NC 87, Elon , North Carolina 27244.
Barry Lewis

Passaic, NJ

#2 Oct 18, 2006
Mr. Johnson,

I serve as the Township Administrator of Mine Hill and would like to thank you for your posting as well as for bringing Todd's heroic actions to our attention. The Mayor and Township Council will be publicly recognizing Todd with a Resolution at the meeting of the governing body tomorrow night.

As a community we are very proud of Todd and wish you, you son and his friend, Dalton the very best.

Barry Lewis
Township Administrator
Township of Mine Hill, NJ
10 Baker Street
Mine Hill, NJ 07803

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