YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown firefighters and other volunteers traveled Sunday to Breezy Point and Roxbury to drop off dozens of supplies to still-recovering firehouses that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Yorktown Heights Engine Company #1 and charity organization My Brother Vinny collected chainsaws, food and drink, clothing, and more for the struggling fire departments.
“We did so much stuff yesterday,” said Paula Miritello, founder of My Brother Vinny. “It was definitely very successful. We’re going to get another list to see what else we can get them.”
Greg Santone, owner of Rocky’s Deli and assistant chief with the Millwood Fire Department, also donated three, 5-foot wedges and bottles of Gatorade from his store. About 15 firefighters from Breezy Point lost their homes during the October storm and have been living in the dilapidated department headquarters since, sleeping on cots supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Miritello said.
“The guys were so thankful because they’re so sick of drinking regular water,” Miritello said.
Turco’s and Yorktown High School also donated food, and a construction company has offered to install new sheetrock free of charge.
“We’re lucky we have a huge network,” Miritello said.
Miritello said Point Breeze Fire Chief Marty Ingram was moved by the donations and said “through all the tragedy, it’s a blessing to see all the goodwill in people.”
“They’re really nice guys,” Miritello said. “We’re going to have a relationship with them for a long time.”
To donate contact Fire Commissioner Martin McGannon (firstname.lastname@example.org), Beck (email@example.com), firefighter Rich weber (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Miritello (914-299-2106 or email@example.com).