The August 28 flood will surely be remembered as one of the most tragic events in our region’s history. But, amidst all of the loss and destruction, many positives have emerged. There have been many “heroes” who have contributed to the flood recovery efforts. As they normally do in times like these, volunteer firefighters from throughout the region quickly took the lead in the emergency efforts. The News takes a look at the heroic efforts made by the dedicated volunteers from area departments.
Arena Fire Dept.
By Brian Sweeney
Members of the Arena Fire Department were summoned early on Sunday morning, Aug. 28 to deal with flooding issues that choked off access to the Millbrook Valley.
In addition to restricted travel, the volunteers also had to help residents cope with power outages and lack of phone service. Fire chief Mike Sarubbi said members of his department spent much of their time cutting trees to improve access throughout the valley.