There were no shortage of heroes as Hurricane Sandy made its way from the Caribbean, up along the coast of the southeastern United States, into New Jersey, and then across Pennsylvania. Hospital personnel evacuated patients from at least one facility that lost power. Firemen put out blazes in the storm. Police officers rescued people during massive flooding. Some heroes did not make it. Off duty police officer Artur Kasprzak drowned in the basement of his Staten Island home after saving seven family members from the flooding.
Others saved lives and returned home. Two Coast Guard helicopters searched for and saved 14 of 16 people who bailed on the HMS Bounty, a three-masted replica ship that sank in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina. The men had to brave 18-foot waves while hoisting people up from life rafts. Members of the NYPD rescued at least one child and five adults off the roofs of homes in Staten Island. The video of the Coast Guard rescue is above. The video of the NYPD rescue is below.
Most of the rescues were not recorded, and many were not covered in the news with so much happening. Just something to think about the next time you see a police officer, fireman, or paramedic on the street.