At the height of Superstorm Sandy there was a five-foot surge of water rushing down Don’s street. Then, in the middle of the storm, a fire sparked in a neighbor’s house and, by the next day, most of his block was in ashes.
“The fire started around the corner… and with the wind, blowing so much it was just like a blow torch from one house to the next house.”
Don is a retired firefighter from New York City. Many of his neighbors are also firefighters and the community lost 37 first responders in 9/11. It’s a neighborhood of hard-working Americans, and they’ve all had their lives turned upside down by Superstorm Sandy.
“There was a newborn infant across the street, two houses down, Jimmy O’Connor went over and got her and held the baby over his head while he walked through the water.”
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