During Superstorm Sandy Oct. 29, as a 6-foot
surge roared down their block, and a fire from a gas line explosion
engulfed houses around them, [Michael] McDonnell, a sales director for
Chefs Diet, and Smith, a lifeguard, ushered six people to safety with a
homemade rope bridge and Smith's surfboard.
with split-second timing and risking his own life, Smith and another
selfless Belle Harbor man attached a homemade rope bridge to his
surfboard on Oct. 29 and yanked a group of stranded victims to safety
in the Rockaways.
Spotted off the shores of Rincon, a fellow surfer pulled Smith to shore, but a local doctor was unable to revive him.