San Antonio group returns after helping Hurricane Sandy victims
Reps. of SAFD, SAPD and city's Office of Emergency Management made trip
Eleven people -- including eight from the San Antonio Fire Department, two from the San Antonio Police Department, and one from the city's Office of Emergency Management -- returned home Tuesday after spending three weeks in New York in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
They spent their time predominantly in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, working in conjunction with local law enforcement.
"We helped in any way we could, and that means surveying those areas, finding out what people needed, and making sure FEMA representatives were getting to those who needed help," said Lawrence Trevino, with the San Antonio Fire Department.
The group said they distributed 40,000 ready-made meals, 4,000 cases of water, and 7,000 electric blankets.
"You could see how much work is left to be done there," said Patrick Zepeda, who spent most of his time in Staten Island. "I watchef a 70-year-old man and wife chop firewood so they could heat their house."
The group said that New York City officials requested help from several agencies in Texas, and being veterans of a few storms themselves, they were eager to provide their expertise.
"Plus, we were also able to learn a few things from them to take back south with us," said Trevino.
Several members of the group described the trip as something they'd never forget, and said they were proud they could represent Texas on the East Coast.
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