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Snow brings neighbors together in Islip Terrace

Chris Lynch, of Islip Terrace, right, and firefighters

Chris Lynch, of Islip Terrace, right, and firefighters from the Islip Terrace Fire Department come to the rescue of his Danny Jusino, whose BMW was stuck in the snow. (Dec. 27, 2010) Credit: Erin Geismar

How many people does it take to free a BMW from a snow drift? Five firefighters, two concerned neighbors and one man with a very good snow blower, apparently.

On McKinley Street, in Islip Terrace, Danny Jusino was trying to get back into his driveway after venturing out this morning - not realizing his neighbors had been throwing snow into the middle of the street as they cleaned out their own driveways.

Jusino found the front end of his steel-colored BMW sedan embedded into the deep snow, but it wasn’t long before he was spotted by volunteer firefighters from the Islip Terrace Fire Department, who said they had been on-call for the past 24 hours, driving around town to help stranded drivers.

Five firefighters jumped out of their truck and approached Jusino with shovels in hand, but thinking twice, one quickly ditched the equipment in favor of pushing the car out with his hands.

“I’m not going to be responsible for scratching that Beamer,” he joked.

Noticing the commotion from across the street, Chris Lynch came walking over pushing his snow blower, which was decked out with a protective, upright cover. It took Lynch just a minute or two to free the BMW, and without saying a word, he turned around and continued working on the rest of the street, and then Jusino’s driveway.

“There are a couple of neighborhood snow guys,” Jusino said, after the firefighters pushed his car back as he reversed his way out of the snow. “They always come out with the snow blowers. He’ll probably do the whole street."

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