- Associated Press - Friday, April 10, 2015

WASHINGTONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - A retired New York City police detective who died after saving a boy from drowning in Puerto Rico has been given a funeral befitting a hero.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (https://bit.ly/1auGIMr ) that about 500 people packed St. Mary’s Church in Washingtonville, Orange County, for Jose Rosario’s funeral Thursday. Six NYPD officers served as pallbearers and a NYPD flag was draped over Rosario’s coffin.

Rosario was vacationing in Puerto Rico with his family late last month when he saw a 12-year-old boy struggling in rough surf off a beach on the island’s northwest coast. The 44-year-old Rosario got the boy onto a rock but then was swept out to sea by a wave. His body was recovered two days later.

Rosario joined the NYPD in 1990 and retired as a detective in 2011.

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Information from: The Times Herald-Record, https://www.th-record.com

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