Scotch Plains Teacher Hears Plea, 'Save My Brother;' Rescues Two Off LBI

Chris Moffitt went to the first boy who said he was okay but said, "Please save my brother."

By Judi Lynch

Chris Moffitt, Scotch Plains Park Middle School Fifth Grade Teacher showed that paying a little bit of attention to the surf can go a long way.

Eyewitnesses saw Moffitt rescue two boys in the surf off Long Beach Island this weekend.

Sitting on the deck of a beach house in Surf City, a group who knew Moffitt took notice of some kids making a lot of noise in the ocean. 

According to those eyewitnesses:

They next saw a man who was fishing leave his belongings and run about 200 feet, dive into the water, and swim to two boys in distress.

Moffitt went to the first boy who said he was okay but said, "Please save my brother."

He then went to the second boy and brought him back to the shore.   Simultaneously, the Surf City rescue squad arrived. 

Some kids, include Jack Lynch, Ethan and Dean Johnston, were on the beach throwing a football around and saw who the rescuer was:


Brandy the Dog June 30, 2014 at 12:19 AM
"What a teacher is, is more important than what a teacher teaches". Karl A Menninger Teacher's will always run to assist a child, teenager or anyone in need or in distress whether that person is in their class or a stranger on a beach! It's in their blood! Thank You, Chris Moffitt.
. June 30, 2014 at 06:39 AM
It's nice to see someone say something nice about a teacher. My brother devoted his life to teaching and helping his students and when I read so many negative comments about them it makes me sick. There are good and bad in all occupations. Mr. Moffitt went out of his way to save the boys. A day in the life of a teacher.
Nancy EMD June 30, 2014 at 03:19 PM
This goes to show you that a teacher's job never ends!!!
Jeremy July 06, 2014 at 12:52 PM
The negative comments I hear about teachers are directed 95% of the time around their union. And it's great to hear a story about something like this. Hopefully all of us, no matter what our occupation, political beliefs or union affiliation are would have reacted in the same way.


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