Local nurses and firefighters continue to help residents affected by superstorm Sandy

Posted at: 11/08/2012 10:35 PM
Updated at: 11/08/2012 11:49 PM
By: Don Hudson

People in the Rochester area continue to help those in need down state. Nurses, Red Cross volunteers and firefighters are on the ground. Meanwhile, others are gathering supplies.

A 25 foot rental truck that is filled with emergency supplies from the Henrietta Fire Department and hundreds of donors  is on its way to Staten Island.

News10NBC talked to donors, firefighters and a nurse on the ground on long island about the need for help and the incredible people making that happen.

Donations pour into Henrietta Fire Station Number Four on Bailey Road.

Anthony Deasserino said, "We brought in some batteries and some flashlights. Heard it on the news that they needed it down there."

Anthony Deasserino's supplies are added to donations from others, then stacked and then packed into a rental truck, along with a lot of concern, compassion and support.

Deasserino said, "I know how it come be if it were here. What goes around comes around. It might be here someday."

Firefighters and their families keep the emergency supplies also known as the precious cargo moving.
Lt. Hank Graf, Henrietta Fire Department said, “The stuff they are bringing in is exactly what they need."

The they that Lt. Hank graf is talking about are the people without electricity or running water or warm blankets in places like Staten Island. And a truck full of relief will be in the hands of those who need it in the morning.

Lt. Graf said, “This stuff is going from this community to that community it is not going to a warehouse it is going to the people."

Rochester nurse, Dorothy DeRoque, who is on Long Island providing first aid to rescuers and volunteers right now said the supplies are needed in a big way.

DeRoque said, "The site I am at is on generators and because of the snow storm a lot of the electricity that was restored was knocked out again."

DeRoque says the latest snow storm just added to the issues caused by Sandy.

DeRoque said, "I know we had trouble on the site with tents flying away and electricity going out. And on my way here there were trees on the highways and police were blocking the roadways."

Dorothy says she is just one of a wave of Rochester General Hospital nurses who are helping. She says 15 more nurses are headed that way and will be going door to door on Staten Island Friday to assist anyone with a medical problem.

Dorothy was actually headed out of the country to deliver aid, but then was rerouted to Long Island. She had actually planned a trip to Haiti to help out there with relief efforts, but Hurricane Sandy canceled that. So she says she already had the vacation time off so she thought it would be a perfect opportunity to help closer to home.