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Letter: Many weren't paid for storm help

Sandra Lee Mott of Riverhead gives a thank

Sandra Lee Mott of Riverhead gives a thank you hug to Mary Roberts of Greenport, who volunteered her time helping The American Red Cross. The American Red Cross had setup a site at the Riverhead City Center for people in need of food and supplies who became victim of Hurricane Sandy. (Nov. 3, 2012) Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Congratulations to members of the Nassau County Police Department who earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime during the weeks after superstorm Sandy devastated Long Island ["OT jump hits Nassau," News, March 17].

The hundreds of Red Cross and other volunteers who donated their time and, often, money to help displaced people must feel very satisfied that some of the people sharing the workload were so well compensated for the time spent at the dozens of shelters set up throughout the county.

I wonder how many police officers donated money back to our cash-strapped county, or at least directed some of their overtime earnings to help pay for the thousands of blankets, meals, cots and medications issued to their fellow county residents.

Robert A. Pollack, Syosset

Editor's note: The writer is a Disaster Action Team co-captain for the American Red Cross.