Everybody has a story to tell. Some stories are better than others.
Just ask 74-year-old Ron Nasca, a volunteer for the Perry Police Department who works in Municipal Court.
He was in the national limelight while working for the Golden Beach Police Department in Florida in 1979.
Nasca was among those credited with trying to save businessman and Los Angeles Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom from drowning April 2, 1979.
The rescue attempt failed.
Rosenbloom had been swimming alone off a private beach of the Miami suburb.
At the time, Nasca didn’t know who it was in the water. He just remembers stripping off his uniform and jumping into the ocean.
“The ocean was very, very rough that day,” Nasca said.
The surf was high, and there was a strong undertow, he said.
When he and others were finally able to get Rosenbloom to shore, paramedics were on scene and took charge.
He recalled seeing a woman, whom he later learned was Rosenbloom’s wife, standing on the shore.
Having stripped down to his underwear, he made a mad dash to his police car. He and Golden Beach Police Chief William Henrikson went back to the police station to take a shower. About 30 or 40 minutes later, Nasca said he learned whom he had attempted to help rescue.
“By the time we took a shower and went back down there ... there was a news truck already there, and we gave a few interviews,” Nasca said. “And then we went back to the police department, and for the whole night, all we did is answer the phone from different places wanting interviews.”
Born in Buffalo, New York, Nasca’s family moved to Miami when he was 16.
He served in the Navy and worked as an electrical lineman for Florida Power and Light Company.
He served as a reserve officer without pay for five years before he became a certified law enforcement officer in 1978. Nasca was a full-time cop for about eight years for two police agencies, including Golden Beach, as well for a school board in the Miami area.
“When I stopped people, I really tried to help them and put them on a better path,” Nasca recalled of working on patrol.
He said he felt like he accomplished a lot of good as a police officer.
But when he relocated to Middle Georgia in the mid-1980s, Nasca said he found the pay for police officers was a lot less than in the Miami area.
“Most police officers were working two or three jobs,” he said.
Nasca decided to return to being an electrical lineman, and after a short stint at the U.S. Postal Service, he landed a civilian job at Robins Air Force Base. He retired about five years ago.
“But I was getting bored sitting around the home, and I needed something to do,” Nasca said.
He said his love of police work led him to the Perry Police Department.
His wife and the wife of Perry Police Chief Steve Lynn are good friends. Lynn was open to the idea of having a volunteer and invited Nasca to come by and talk with him.
“We can always use some administrative help,” Lynn said.
Nasca admitted he hoped for something more like courthouse security. But he’s happy to file paperwork and shred documents for Municipal Court, which is under the helm of the police department.
“I’m fine with this,” said Nasca, who’s been volunteering for the police agency for about 1 1/2 years.
“It’s getting me out of the house. ... I come a couple times a week and work and leave with a feeling that I’ve accomplished something,” he said.
Mirian Arrington, Perry Municipal Court clerk, said she is thrilled to have Nasca’s help.
He sorts the paid and unpaid traffic tickets and scans tickets to be placed in the court’s computerized filing system. That time-consuming work frees up Arrington and her part-time clerk to focus on other aspects of municipal court.
Arrington was so pleased with Nasca’s work that she introduced him in a post on the Perry Police Department’s Facebook page.
“We are very grateful for his dedication and hard work,” Arrington said in the post. “He makes our job a lot easier when he’s here.”