Local Residents Making a Positive Impact on the NJ Shore
Steve Adubato takes One-on-One to the 2018 Making a Difference Awards and speaks to 2 honorees about the unique ways they have made an impact on their NJ shore communities. Edrick Alleyene, a true hero who was the only person brave enough to go out into the rough ocean in Long Branch to save Dustin Fleischer, a 28 year-old professional boxer. And Carla Scarabino from Monmouth Beach who co-founded The Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care in 2008 with the mission to alleviate the physical, emotional, and financial strain that cancer treatments places on families.
"Alright, check this out. This is Edrick Alleyne, who is from Eatontown, New Jersey, and it's interesting. A lot of people here, Edrick, run organizations, not-for-profits, they're recognized by the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award committee. Your story's a little bit different. You were down at the Jersey Shore, tell us what happens. Down at the Jersey Shore, Friday night, I take the kids to the park, usually we get dinner, go for ice cream at the lighthouse, hanging out at the park, somebody ran up, a guy ran up, he said, "My nephew! My nephew!" He was in the ocean? Yes, absolutely. Nephew in the ocean, and we're thinking it's, you know, a little kid, because you only can see the person's head. So we run - I run over... I run down to the beach, there's about, maybe like, 15 people down there. And he's floating out... he's going out further and further and further, so I... first I try to jump in,and then I got hit by a wave. Then I said to myself, "I've seen a current." And I've seen how, like, it was a rip current. You can see, I was pulling him. And he was ducking the waves. So I went in, and I couldn't...like I got hit with the wave, then I followed him, because he was drifting. As he was drifting, I followed him, and then I told him, "Ride the wave." Because he was about, maybe like, 60 yards out? So I... Did he hear you? Yeah, because I was screaming... I was screaming. I was like, at the top of... You were alone? You were the only one who went in? I just want to be clear. You were the only one who went in? Yes. Only person that went in. And then I told him to ride the waves, because he was ducking them, because he was exhausted, so he didn't know what to do. And I told him, "No, ride the waves." He got about 30-35 yards in, and then I ran in... I went in, and I grabbed him, because he couldn't swim anymore, or anything like that. I went in, grabbed him, put him on my hip, put my arm around him, and then I started to ride the waves in, and then swim with the one arm that I had, and brought..."