- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A retired New York Police Department detective was swept out to sea after saving a young boy in Puerto Rico.

Jose Rosario, 44, sprang into action over the weekend to save a 12-year-old child who was struggling in rough waters off Playa de Jobos. He managed to help the child onto a rock before a wave took him out to sea.

The young boy said “Grab onto me!” once he was on the rock, but Mr. Rosario was scared that doing so might once again endanger the boy, a relative of the detective said.

Mr. Rosario’s body washed up on the beach Monday, The Associated Press reported.

“He really died a hero. He didn’t think twice about it. Once a cop, always a cop,” said Mr. Rosario’s sister Helen, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

“Today my dad, Joe Rosario, … the most amazing person in the world who would do anything for anyone and has the biggest heart, went missing. … Wherever you are I love you so much and I’m gonna keep making you proud I promise,” Mr. Rosario’s daughter Anais wrote on Facebook shortly after he went missing, the New York Post reported.

Funeral arrangements are pending, AP reported.

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