Off-duty state trooper saves man drowning off Sea Isle City beach

An off-duty New Jersey State Police trooper is being hailed a hero after he saved a man from drowning at the Jersey Shore.

Detective Sgt. George Wren III, while on vacation three weeks ago at a beach in Sea Isle City, jumped into the ocean to save a drowning man who was having a heart attack and was being pulled into the ocean, caught in a riptide.

The off-duty trooper’s heroics went largely unnoticed until the wife of the swimmer he rescued made a call to express an ocean of gratitude .

Wren never thought the rescue would gather much attention, but a few days ago the victim’s wife called the State Police headquarters to thank him and now they know what he did.

“I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time,” Wren said. “All of a sudden I heard a voice from behind me — a woman’s frantic voice say, ‘save him.’ And I turn toward the water and sure enough, I did see a gentleman who was about 75 yards out to sea.”

The swimmer who suffered a heart attack was treated at a nearby hospital and is now recovering at home.

George Wren III, followed in his father’s footsteps and became a state trooper in 2001. He’s currently a detective assigned to the Organized Crime South Unit.

Retired and now living at the Jersey Shore, George Wren, Jr. is an ex-Lieutenant who served extensively in various aspects of Intelligence and Organized Crime related investigations.

While the son is making headlines, the father literally wrote the book about the history of the New Jersey State Police.


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