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OCEAN CITY, N.J. (PATCH.COM) — An off-duty EMT was getting ready to head off the 10th Street Beach in Ocean City when he noticed two people in distress.

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Brian Wheelock, of Parsippany, raced over to help 46-year-old Heriberto Roman, who was drowning. He and Eric Gerber — a pastor from Pennsylvania whom Wheelock referred to as a “godsend” — were able to help Roman’s son pull him from the water.