Michael Delaney, a member of Ursuline’s security staff and a retired detective from NYPD's Elite SCUBA, played a crucial role during the "Miracle on the Hudson" incident on the frigid afternoon of January 15, 2009. Arriving by helicopter with his partner, they were the first divers on the scene. When he spotted a woman in the 36-degree water, Delaney, who was a detective at the time, leaped into action.
“She was panicking,” he said. “And I just tried to calm her down. My first initial thought was to introduce myself to her. I said, ‘Hi, I’m Michael. I’m going to get you out of here.”
Recently, the TODAY Show reunited US Airways Flight 1549 pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger with the NYPD divers who assisted in the rescue. During the TODAY Show interview, Sullenberger credited first responders. “They saved people who could have floated away and drowned almost unnoticed otherwise. And I was very concerned about that,” he said. Delaney and his partner assisted in rescuing all 150 passengers on the flight.
The entire Ursuline community is immensely grateful to have a real-life hero on staff, working to ensure everyone’s safety at Ursuline each day. Click HERE to view the TODAY Show interview.