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The full fury of Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the New Jersey National Guard armory in Teaneck just after 4 a.m. on Oct. 30, when the call came in. A levee had burst 10 miles away, sending a torrent from the Hackensack River into the towns of Moonachie and Little Ferry. Lives were in danger.

"People just wanted help to get out of those places, they were fi lling with water. We were helping older people, women with children, dogs, cats, anything we could fi t on the trucks."

"There were people trapped who were being forced to the roof of their homes because of rising waters. Without that five ton, without the National Guard and the fire department working as a team, we would have not gotten to those people."

 

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