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Lifeguard Recounts Tragedy at Ransom Beach

Jennifer Schieferstein helped aid toddler who was hit with fence.

Jennifer Schieferstein sat quietly on a curb under a gray sky in the calm Ransom Beach parking lot Tuesday afternoon, occasionally surveying a nearby set of picnic tables. Less than 24 hours before in that exact spot, the recent James Madison University graduate's afternoon walk with her mother and dog turned into a rescue attempt.

Schieferstein, 21 of Locust Valley, was on a quiet walk with her mother and mini collie Hope at the beach when she suddenly heard screams. 18-month-old Philip Amico, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"police-id-boy-struck-by-fence-at-beach"} --> had been playing near a detached chain link fence nearby

Cathy Biordi September 19, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Jen, what you and your mother did to help this toddler is truly heroic, and says everything about being a Good Samaritan. God Bless you both for that. My heart goes out to the family of this little child, along with my prayers. I know your heart is sad as well, but please remember that this family was lucky to have had your compassion, knowledge and strength in their time of need. I am so proud to know you both, and to watch you grow into a truly amazing young woman. Love, Cathy B.

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