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GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (May 24, 2023)(CNBNews)--Officers from the Gloucester City Police Department involved in the April 28, 2022  rescue of a woman who drove her vehicle off of Freedom Pier into the Delaware River were featured on the May 11 television show  Hearts of Heroes. The award-winning program showcases the heroic work of brave first responders in the aftermath of manmade and natural disasters.  The program airs on ABC stations as part of "Weekend Adventure," an educational/informational programming block airing Saturday mornings in most local markets. 

The three Gloucester City officers, Detective Sergeant Carlos DePoder, Officer Sean Gartland, and Officer John Bryszewski are interviewed by the show host Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist for "Good Morning America" and ABC News.  During their interview, each officer gives a detailed account of what happened that day.

The following press release is from the GCPD

On April 28, 2022 at 1:11 pm, officers responded to Freedom Pier for a water rescue. Upon arrival, a vehicle was located in the Delaware River, south of Freedom Pier. The vehicle was upside down and it was unknown if the vehicle was occupied. Detective Sergeant Carlos Depoder, Officer Sean Gartland, and Officer John Bryszewski Jr. jumped into the Delaware River and extricated a female from the vehicle. Officers provided medical treatment while still in the water.

Three Good Samaritans helped load the female onto their boat and transported the female and officers to the floating dock of the North Wind Schooner; which is on the north side of Freedom Pier. Officers continued medical treatment until relieved by Our Lady of Lourdes BLS, the Gloucester City Fire Department, and Virtua Paramedics.

Divers from the Bellmawr Fire Department searched the vehicle for any additional occupants. No other occupants were located inside the vehicle.

The Gloucester City Fire Department, Bellmawr Fire Department, and Beaver Brook Motors conducted operations to remove the vehicle from the Delaware River.


Hearts of Heroes is hosted by Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist for "Good Morning America" Screenshot 2023-05-25 at 20.35.33 and ABC News; BELFOR CEO Sheldon Yellen serves as the show's expert on safety,
disaster recovery, and other topics.

In its initial three seasons, the show has featured 139 first-responder organizations and earned 17 Telly Awards, a Parent's Choice Award, and a Daytime Emmy® nomination. Hearts of Heroes captures the incredible and inspiring stories of individuals – survivors as well as first responders and rescuers including police officers, firefighters, EMT professionals, and military members – who have crossed paths with perilous natural and man-made conditions.  The show is produced by Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG), an independent producer and distributor of original programming.


Gloucester City Police and Firefighter Rescue Woman from Delaware River