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Joe Toscano, 33, of Baldwin, remembers working 17-hour (Credit: Brittany Wait)

Joe Toscano, 33, of Baldwin, remembers working 17-hour days with his co-workers at the Malverne Department of Public Works weeks after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Heroes of Sandy

When superstorm Sandy devastated the Northeast, Long Islanders stood strong. Rescuing people from the floodwaters to delivering hot meals, heroes were in every neighborhood. Do you have a story about a hero of superstorm Sandy? Email us at litowns@newsday.com or tweet us @NewsdayTowns.

Members of the Malverne Department of Public Works
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Members of the Malverne Department of Public Works worked 18-hour days the first week after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island, clearing roads of debris. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Mark Elowson, 50, highway supervisor at the Malverne
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Mark Elowson, 50, highway supervisor at the Malverne Department of Public Works, recalls working 18-hour days the first week after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island, clearing roads of debris. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Thirty-four students from Maurice W. Downing Primary School
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Thirty-four students from Maurice W. Downing Primary School in Malverne and 11 Molloy College women's basketball players provided a free breakfast to nearly 30 first responders to thank them for their service following superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 30, 2012)

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Ryan Lawton, 23, of Malverne, worked with the
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Ryan Lawton, 23, of Malverne, worked with the Malverne Volunteer Ambulance Corps responding to a number of emergency calls after superstorm Sandy hit the area. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Billy Brennan, 7, of Lynbrook, a second-grader at
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Billy Brennan, 7, of Lynbrook, a second-grader at Maurice W. Downing Primary School in Malverne, read a poem titled “Like Ripples in a Pond,“ at a breakfast his student council helped put together to honor first responders who aided the community following superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Joe Toscano, 33, of Baldwin, remembers working 17-hour
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Joe Toscano, 33, of Baldwin, remembers working 17-hour days with his co-workers at the Malverne Department of Public Works weeks after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Students from Maurice W. Downing Primary School in
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Students from Maurice W. Downing Primary School in Malverne high-fived local first responders as they made their way to a breakfast in the school's library to thank them for their services following superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Patrick Darcy, left, 33, with the Malverne Department
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Patrick Darcy, left, 33, with the Malverne Department of Public Works, and Jeff Sattali, 36, a volunteer at the Malverne Fire Department, read the handwritten cards given by students. (Nov. 30, 2012)

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Scott Edwards, Malverne Fire Department's chief, recalls answering
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Scott Edwards, Malverne Fire Department's chief, recalls answering 172 emergency alarms during the eight days after superstorm Sandy hit the area. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Dave Terrizzi, 41, of Malverne, with the Malverne
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Dave Terrizzi, 41, of Malverne, with the Malverne Department of Public Works, remembers clearing fallen trees from roads in nearby communities to give emergency vehicles safe passage. (Nov. 30, 2012)

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