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Survival Stories, Heroes Surface Amid Tragedy From Sandy

10:28 PM, Oct 30, 2012   |    comments
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WFMY -- Over the past 48 hours, we've seen stories of survival, stories of heroes, and close calls for so many families up and down the East Coast.

In Maryland, a tree fell and landed on a news reporter's home.

"I've covered a lot of tragedies as a reporter, covered a lot of trees down. But this time, it literally came home...literally, happened to me," said Bruce Leshan, a reporter at WUSA in Washington, D.C.

The powerful wind sent a massive tree crashing into the Leshan's master bedroom.

Just 30 minutes before the tree fell, Leshan's wife was laying in their bed in the very spot it landed. His son was in the family room below the master bedroom.

Leshan's wife and son were okay, but seeing what happened and thinking about what could have been was tough to stomach.

In New York, firefighters performed an historic rescue in Queens.

Fire broke out in the Breezy Point neighborhood, but the streets were so badly flooded, they couldn't bring in fire trucks.

So firefighters jumped in a boat and rescued 25 people before the flames destroyed 80 homes.

In Manhattan, more than 200 patients had to be evacuated from New York University's Tisch Hospital.

When the backup generators went down, emergency crews went to work.

Patients had to be carried down the stairs because elevators weren't working.

And an army of nearly 70 ambulances lined up to take them to other hospitals, including 20 babies in the neonatal unit, four of them on ventilators.

"Our first responders have been doing a heroic job protecting our city and saving lives and they are still fighting fires and conducting life-saving search and rescue missions and we owe them an enormous debt of gratitude," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The clean-up will not be easy. Homes and businesses have been destroyed. Roads and mass transit systems have also been severely damaged.


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