Lt. John Lambert was honored for saving a student's life. Photo: Ryan Baker

College Honors Police Officer for Saving Student's Life

At the end of the first quarter of Saturday’s football game between Notre Dame and Mercyhurst, the College honored Lt. John Lambert of the Brooklyn Heights Police Department for saving the life of NDC student and soccer player Mariusz Trzeciak.

On Feb. 27, Lt. Lambert had executed an incredible display of courage when he sacrificed himself to move Trzeciak out of harm’s way as an out-of-control vehicle headed towards them on an icy stretch of highway.

Responding to an accident involving Trzeciak’s vehicle on the Jennings Freeway ramp to I-480, Lambert spotted the car heading toward, shoved Trzeciak out of the way at the last moment, and was himself struck by the car. In his act of heroism, he suffered a broken pelvis and an orbital fracture above his left eye.

On Saturday, Notre Dame President Dr. Andrew P. Roth and Director of Athletics Susan Hlavacek honored Lt. Lambert, who was joined on the field by his daughter, Jessica (13) and son Justin (9). Trzeciak and NDC soccer teammates were also on hand. Notre Dame College presented Lt. Lambert with an award and NDC scholarships for both of his children.