As Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, especially New York City and New Jersey, we have to give a tip of the hat to everyone who did their part in making sure their neighbors, friends and family were safe and secure.
In New York City the first responders were on point, as their rescue efforts saved lives and got many out of harm's way.
Police officer Artur Kasprzak, city medical staff, NYU's medical center and the mayors and governors who were on TV informing citizens every step of the way, all played a role in saving lives.
Their efforts will not be forgotten. Check out a rundown of the heroes of Hurricane Sandy below.
Firefighters across the five boroughs rushed to put out fires, and rescue families and individuals whose homes were being destroyed.
Here we see firefighters working in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, NY, where over 80 homes were destroyed in a fire during Hurricane Sandy.
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Everyone had to do their part, including workers tending to split wires in hopes of restoring power to those with outages. Here we see workers from local power company Pepco repairing power lines in the Woodley Park neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Sandy Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
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Lending a hand to those in need is what being a hero is all about. Here we see an elderly resident being carried over flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey on Tuesday.
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Emergency response crews rescue a resident from flood waters in Little Ferry, New Jersey on Tuesday.
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Officer Artur Kasprzak, 28, died Monday night in the basement of his home on Doty Avenue on Staten Island after he saved six members of his family.
Around 7 p.m., with flood waters surging in his home, Kasprzak was able to get six members of his family, including two men, ages 69 and 31, along with three women, ages 31, 56 and 68 and a 15-month-old boy into his attic so they could safely escape rapidly rising water.
Arthur went back into the basement, never to come back up. He was reported missing and as rescue crews searched the house, they found him in the basement unconscious.
Every little bit helps, as Alan Dean works to cut up a fallen tree blocking a road the morning after Hurricane Sandy swept through Westport, Mass.
Photo credit: Matt Campbell / EPA
John Kemp, from Ocean Pines, Md., carries a case of water and coffee as he wades to his in-laws' residence after superstorm Sandy, on Wednesday.
Photo credit: Alex Brandon / AP
Medical workers saved patients, assisting many during an evacuation of New York University's Tisch Hospital on Monday.
Photo credit: John Minchillo / AP
Lydia Callis is Mayor Michael Bloomberg's sign language interpreter.
She was on TV with Mayor Bloomberg aiding the hearing impaired. Callis became so noticeable, that memes and Tumblrs popped up in her honor.
In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie kept it all the way real and isn’t playing party politics, telling Fox News:
"If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics then you don't know me."
In other words, stop with all the bullshit Fox News, now’s not the time; I’m trying to save the people of my state.
Fox News is just mad that Christie has been praising Obama’s response to the hurricane.