New York (CNN)As New York City became inundated with record rainfall earlier this month and dozens found themselves in danger of drowning, a pair of police officers made sure a stranded driver in the middle of Central Park would make it out alive.

Police Sgt. Matt Moschetto waded through rising waters in Central Park to rescue the man, whose car got stuck during the torrential downpour of Hurricane Ida on September 1. Moschetto and his partner, Officer Jeremias Torres, found the driver standing on a barrier in his socks, while the water flooded his car. The water was rising and the driver was too short to just walk through it, both officers said.”He was just saying he couldn’t get out,” Moschetto said. “I guess he waited too long to make the move to actually get out.”Body camera video shows one of the officers walking through the water with a life ring as they rescued the driver.Body camera video shows one of the officers walking through the water with a life ring as they rescued the driver.Body camera video shows one of the officers walking through the water with a life ring as they rescued the driver.There was only one thing the officers could do.Read More”We got him to lie across my shoulders,” said Moschetto. The extra weight of the driver actually helped Moschetto stay on his feet, he said, since the current was strong enough to have pulled him under.Moschetto and his partner had become part of the New York Police Department’s rescue response to the surge in flooding the night of September 1. The NYPD had 69 water rescues that night, which included the unnamed driver, who left without giving his name after he was carried to safety.In pictures: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastIn pictures: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the East Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastThe stadium for the Somerset Patriots, a minor-league baseball team in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey, is partially flooded by overflow from the Raritan River on Thursday, September 2.The stadium for the Somerset Patriots, a minor-league baseball team in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey, is partially flooded by overflow from the Raritan River on Thursday, September 2. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastThe stadium for the Somerset Patriots, a minor-league baseball team in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey, is partially flooded by overflow from the Raritan River on Thursday, September 2.Hide Caption 1 of 24A man wades through floodwaters in Manville, New Jersey, on September 2.A man wades through floodwaters in Manville, New Jersey, on September 2. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastA man wades through floodwaters in Manville, New Jersey, on September 2.Hide Caption 2 of 24Commuters walk into a flooded subway station in New York City on September 2.Commuters walk into a flooded subway station in New York City on September 2. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastCommuters walk into a flooded subway station in New York City on September 2.Hide Caption 3 of 24First responders rescue people who were trapped by floodwaters in Mamaroneck, New York, on September 2.First responders rescue people who were trapped by floodwaters in Mamaroneck, New York, on September 2. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastFirst responders rescue people who were trapped by floodwaters in Mamaroneck, New York, on September 2.Hide Caption 4 of 24A building in Queens, New York, is damaged on September 2.A building in Queens, New York, is damaged on September 2. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastA building in Queens, New York, is damaged on September 2.Hide Caption 5 of 24A person walks in floodwaters in Philadelphia on September 2.A person walks in floodwaters in Philadelphia on September 2. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastA person walks in floodwaters in Philadelphia on September 2.Hide Caption 6 of 24A United Automatic Fire Sprinkler employee helps clean up on September 2 after the business flooded in Woodland Park, New Jersey.A United Automatic Fire Sprinkler employee helps clean up on September 2 after the business flooded in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastA United Automatic Fire Sprinkler employee helps clean up on September 2 after the business flooded in Woodland Park, New Jersey.Hide Caption 7 of 24A motorist drives on a flooded expressway in Brooklyn, New York, early on September 2, as the remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through the area.A motorist drives on a flooded expressway in Brooklyn, New York, early on September 2, as the remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through the area. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastA motorist drives on a flooded expressway in Brooklyn, New York, early on September 2, as the remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through the area.Hide Caption 8 of 24People stand inside a subway station in New York City as water runs past their feet on Wednesday, September 1.People stand inside a subway station in New York City as water runs past their feet on Wednesday, September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastPeople stand inside a subway station in New York City as water runs past their feet on Wednesday, September 1.Hide Caption 9 of 24Members of the New York City Fire Department rescue a woman from her stalled car on September 1.Members of the New York City Fire Department rescue a woman from her stalled car on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastMembers of the New York City Fire Department rescue a woman from her stalled car on September 1.Hide Caption 10 of 24Members of the Weldon Fire Company walk through floodwaters in Dresher, Pennsylvania, on September 1.Members of the Weldon Fire Company walk through floodwaters in Dresher, Pennsylvania, on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastMembers of the Weldon Fire Company walk through floodwaters in Dresher, Pennsylvania, on September 1.Hide Caption 11 of 24People navigate heavy rains and flooded walkways at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on September 1.People navigate heavy rains and flooded walkways at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastPeople navigate heavy rains and flooded walkways at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on September 1.Hide Caption 12 of 24Workers clear a road from flooding in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, on September 1.Workers clear a road from flooding in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastWorkers clear a road from flooding in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, on September 1.Hide Caption 13 of 24Sergio Rossi, owner of Sergio Tailoring, covers flood-damaged clothing at his shop in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, on September 1.Sergio Rossi, owner of Sergio Tailoring, covers flood-damaged clothing at his shop in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastSergio Rossi, owner of Sergio Tailoring, covers flood-damaged clothing at his shop in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, on September 1.Hide Caption 14 of 24A downed tree blocks a road in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, on September 1.A downed tree blocks a road in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastA downed tree blocks a road in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, on September 1.Hide Caption 15 of 24A tennis fan covers herself from rain as she attends a match at the US Open in New York on September 1. A second-round singles match between Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman was halted early in the second set as <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/02/tennis/us-open-tennis-flooding-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">water came through multiple openings of the roof on Louis Armstrong Stadium.</a> The match was moved to the Arthur Ashe Stadium and completed just after 1 a.m. Thursday.A tennis fan covers herself from rain as she attends a match at the US Open in New York on September 1. A second-round singles match between Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman was halted early in the second set as <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/02/tennis/us-open-tennis-flooding-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">water came through multiple openings of the roof on Louis Armstrong Stadium.</a> The match was moved to the Arthur Ashe Stadium and completed just after 1 a.m. Thursday. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastA tennis fan covers herself from rain as she attends a match at the US Open in New York on September 1. A second-round singles match between Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman was halted early in the second set as water came through multiple openings of the roof on Louis Armstrong Stadium. The match was moved to the Arthur Ashe Stadium and completed just after 1 a.m. Thursday.Hide Caption 16 of 24Members of the Oakdale Fire Department clear debris from their station after heavy rains in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, on September 1.Members of the Oakdale Fire Department clear debris from their station after heavy rains in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastMembers of the Oakdale Fire Department clear debris from their station after heavy rains in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, on September 1.Hide Caption 17 of 24Raindrops are illuminated by a camera flash near the US Capitol as Ida's remnants pass over Washington, DC, on September 1.Raindrops are illuminated by a camera flash near the US Capitol as Ida's remnants pass over Washington, DC, on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastRaindrops are illuminated by a camera flash near the US Capitol as Ida’s remnants pass over Washington, DC, on September 1.Hide Caption 18 of 24A worker surveys damage in Annapolis, Maryland, on September 1.A worker surveys damage in Annapolis, Maryland, on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastA worker surveys damage in Annapolis, Maryland, on September 1.Hide Caption 19 of 24Debris litters a park in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, on September 1.Debris litters a park in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastDebris litters a park in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, on September 1.Hide Caption 20 of 24A man walks his dog in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, on September 1.A man walks his dog in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastA man walks his dog in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, on September 1.Hide Caption 21 of 24A house sits above floodwaters in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, on September 1.A house sits above floodwaters in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastA house sits above floodwaters in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, on September 1.Hide Caption 22 of 24Water is pumped from the basement of a business in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, during cleanup on September 1.Water is pumped from the basement of a business in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, during cleanup on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastWater is pumped from the basement of a business in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, during cleanup on September 1.Hide Caption 23 of 24People walk through heavy rain in New York's Times Square on September 1.People walk through heavy rain in New York's Times Square on September 1. Photos: Ida's remnants wreak havoc in the EastPeople walk through heavy rain in New York’s Times Square on September 1.Hide Caption 24 of 2423 ida storm 0902 Bridgewater NJ stadium22 ida storm 0902 Manville NJ20 ida storm 0902 new york 17 ida storm 0902 new york18 ida storm 0902 new york09 ida storm 0902 philadelphia10 ida storm 0902 new jersey07 ida storm 0902 Brooklyn NY15 ida flooding 09012115 ida flooding tornado 090101 ida flooding tornado14 ida flooding tornado 090102 ida flooding tornado11 ida flooding tornado 090103 ida flooding tornado 090113 ida flooding tornado 090110 ida flooding tornado 090109 ida flooding tornado 090104 ida flooding tornado 090105 ida flooding tornado 090106 ida flooding tornado 090108 ida flooding tornado 090107 ida flooding tornado 090101 severe weather atlanticThe remnants of Ida pummeled areas from Virginia to New England as it moved through earlier this month. Dozens died after the storm brought unprecedented rainfall to some places, a toll that included at least 13 people in New York City.Central Park set rainfall records. More than 3 inches fell in just one hour the evening Moschetto and Torres made the rescue. And the park’s total rainfall — 7.13 inches — was its fifth-highest total for one day.Sgt. Matt Moschetto, a 19-year veteran of the force, revisits the tunnel where the rescue happened.Sgt. Matt Moschetto, a 19-year veteran of the force, revisits the tunnel where the rescue happened.Sgt. Matt Moschetto, a 19-year veteran of the force, revisits the tunnel where the rescue happened.Moschetto and Torres, who work at the NYPD’s Central Park Precinct, were about to finish their tour when they received calls for flooding along the roadways in the iconic Manhattan green space. When the pair arrived at the spot on the 65th Street Transverse Road, they saw as many as five cars nearly submerged in water and two buses stuck in the distance.”I hope no one’s in there,” Moschetto said, upon seeing the cars that were stuck. “I told my partner, ‘We’re getting wet today.'”The two then walked into the brown and murky water wearing department-issued raincoats and carrying a life ring.At least 46 people die after floodwaters from Ida's remnants swamp cities from Virginia to New EnglandAt least 46 people die after floodwaters from Ida's remnants swamp cities from Virginia to New EnglandAt least 46 people die after floodwaters from Ida's remnants swamp cities from Virginia to New England“The water was so cold I started trembling,” Torres said. “I’m 6’1” and the water was to my chest.”As they marched through the floodwaters, they noticed their radios and other equipment stopped working. Moschetto’s body camera footage shows the pair wading through the water and yelling out to other drivers, asking whether anyone is stuck inside their cars. After they finish checking the vehicles, they spot the driver, standing on a cement barricade in his socks next to his flooded car. “You’re going to walk this way with us and I’m going to carry you to where it’s not so deep,” Moschetto is heard telling the driver. “He was too short to walk. The water was too high,” Torres said of the man. Footage from the officer's body-worn camera shows how high the water had risen when they reached the driver.Footage from the officer's body-worn camera shows how high the water had risen when they reached the driver.Footage from the officer’s body-worn camera shows how high the water had risen when they reached the driver.Torres’ body-worn camera shows the driver on Moschetto’s shoulders being carried out of the water to safety.”If that cab driver would have fell in that water, he would have been done. No shot,” Torres said. “Because you can’t see, and he would have been trapped between the wall and his car. There’s no way he could have stood up in that water.”After they rescued the driver, the officers went back into the water to help the buses reverse out of the roadway to safety. They had to work the rest of the shift in their cold, wet uniforms, processing paperwork for drivers who had to ditch their cars.The damage from Ida was so severe and sudden that President Joe Biden traveled to New York and New Jersey to survey the aftermath.At least 50 people were killed on the East Coast from the effects of the storm.And if Moschetto and his partner had not been there, the death toll could have risen even further.”It’s honestly what we get paid to do. It’s why we’re here,” Moschetto said. “It felt really good to be able to help. I hope somebody would do that for my family.”

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