2013-10-25 / Letters

Thanks to a Sandy Hero

Dear Editor:

As the community of Rockaway commemorates the First Anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, I continue to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and remain living in upstate New York. I resided on Beach 130th Street where my home and most of my neighbors’ homes burned to the ground. I have continuously thought of that night and wanted to take this opportunity to thank a man named Danny Sugrue who saved my life. I grew up on a farm in Ireland and never learned to swim and have always been fearful of drowning. On October 29th, the water gushed first into my basement and then into the first floor of my home. This alone was enough to cause me to become frozen with fear. When the large balls of fire rolled down the block and bounced off the roofs, I became terrified. As my husband, Desmond, helped our neighbor to safety, Danny put his arm around me and led me down the block. The water was up to my neck and I was frightened I would die. While we slowly walked, I pleaded with Danny to hold on to me. He calmly reas- sured me I would survive and be fine. Danny, for a long time I did not know your name or address and I am sorry for the long delay in thanking you. Although I know there were many heroes that night, Danny you were my angel and I will always be grateful to you.

MARY SMITH

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