Senator Joseph Griffo presented the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to Timothy Corey of Yorkville on Thursday.

Corey, who is a lieutenant with the State Department of Corrections, was recognized for his heroic actions to help save a child's life.

Corey was vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South, Carolina on March 19th when he jumped into a swimming pool with another man to help free a boy who was stuck in the pool's intake pipe.

“Due to the life-saving actions of Timothy and the other rescuers, the boy was released from the hospital after six days of treatment,” Griffo said. “Through his actions that day, Timothy demonstrated his true character and a genuine compassion for the well-being of others. He is very deserving of this special recognition and should be regarded as a true hero.”

photo courtesy of Senator Griffo's Office

The Liberty Medal is one of the highest civilian honors a New Yorker can receive.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX