A team of New York City firefighters and police officers trained in search and rescue, and co-led by Chief Joseph Downey of West Islip, pulled four people from building wreckage in Haiti Sunday, authorities said.
The victims told rescuers that they had survived on food and water from the store. Twenty-six rescuers from the New York police and fire departments cut through concrete blocks to reach them.
Later Sunday the team rescued a 55-year-old man who was trapped in the rubble of a four-story building, also in Port-au-Prince.
Lynn Downey, Joseph Downey' wife, said her husband, 47, had sent her two e-mails. "He said everybody is doing well, that they worked through the night and that they are very, very busy."
The team, which plans to spend at least a week in Haiti, is one of 28 federal urban search and rescue nationwide that can mobilize during a disaster.
James Coll, a team member from Seaford, said, "The hardest part of the rescue was the communication," referring to language barriers. " The determination was there, we had the tools here, we had the resources."
The New York team, made of officers from the police and fire departments, receives extensive training in structural collapse. They brought three tractor-trailers full of equipment, including sound gear, cutting tools and rescue dogs.
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HOW TO HELP
* You can help immediately by texting "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be charged to your cell phone bill and given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts.
* Wyclef Jean, a rapper and hip-hop artist from Haiti, urged people to text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 toward earthquake relief. Yéle Haiti is a grassroots movement inspiring change in Haiti through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment, according to its Web site.
* The State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747. The Red Cross has also set up a Web site to help family members find and contact relatives.
The FBI warned Internet users to be wary of e-mail messages seeking donations in the aftermath of the quake. People who want to send money or assistance should contribute to known organizations and should be careful not to respond to unsolicited e-mails, officials said.
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