OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Oyster Bay officials honored an FDNY chief and his family on Tuesday, for saving the life of a swimmer who was drowning in the Long Island Sound.

A father, his 11-year-old son, and two friends were fishing on the sound. When the 11-year-old jumped in for a swim, and was pulled away by the current, his father went in after him.

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The man told the boys on the boat to throw out a rope, and they pulled the 11-year-old to safety.

When their friend’s dad was pulled by the current as well,  Danny Roper and Peter Liotta — both 11 — radioed for help.

“On the boat it said the coordinates right in front of our face, so I read that off,” Danny said.

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It just so happened that the person to hear the call was an FDNY fire union chief, and career firefighter Jake Lamonda who was boating nearby with his family.

“I said I think there’s someone in distress, and we’re right here,” he said.

They found the struggling, exhausted dad, and pulled him to safety.

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