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By Joseph Malla
Newsday

NEW YORK - A 70-year-old physically disabled man was rescued from his burning home in Huntington Station by Suffolk police officers - one of whom helped save a man from drowning earlier this month.
Officer Tim Tonkin had just returned to duty following injuries he got while rescuing a drowning man in Cold Spring Harbor the night of Oct. 13. In that rescue, Tonkin swam to a spot about 60 feet from a boat ramp and climbed onto a submerged sport utility vehicle and broke one of the vehicle's windows with his baton.
On Sunday night, neighbors reported a house fire on Armell Street in Huntington Station, and told police that the disabled man was trapped inside the burning home.
Second Precinct officers Tonkin and Mark Collins arrived at the fire at 9:32 p.m. and began the rescue, assisted by officers William Moldovan, Michael Rosen and Ryan West, police said.
Tonkin and Collins broke a bedroom window and entered the home, found the man on his bed and were able to carry him to the window and pass him to police officers waiting outside.
The victim, Norman Mrwik, 70, was taken by police helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition. The Huntington Manor Fire Department responded and put out the fire.
Tonkin, Rosen, Moldovan, and Collins were treated at Huntington Hospital for smoke inhalation, and Collins had cuts on his hand.
In the Cold Spring Harbor rescue, Tonkin and an off-duty Nassau police emergency medical technician, Scott Kitograd, pulled James Leone Jr., 35, of Cold Spring Harbor, from the SUV.
Leone was taken to Huntington Hospital with what police called non-life-threatening injuries. Tonkin and Kitograd were treated for cuts from broken glass, while Tonkin also suffered a broken tooth.

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