OCEAN CITY – Ocean City Police Department members and outstanding citizens were recognized for their excellent public safety duties at City Hall this week.
Around 2 a.m. on Nov. 19, Christopher Sullivan, general manager of Yang’s Palace restaurant, was sleeping in his apartment over the establishment when he heard a disturbance outside. A car was being driven on flat tires, striking a boat in the parking lot and crashed into a canal.
Sullivan then ran down to the canal and saw a female, Taylor Cole Vanderhook, 23, trapped inside. In an attempt to save her, Sullivan found a piece of lumber nearby and smashed the rear window of the sinking car. With only about six inches of breathing room left in the car, Sullivan pulled Vanderhook to safety.
Sullivan’s heroic actions and disregard for his own safety earned him the Certificate of Outstanding Service, presented to him by Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino.
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